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1. 53rd Journalism Awards Gala (part 1)

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53rd Journalism Awards Gala (part 1)

A. JOURNALISTS OF THE YEAR A1. PRINT (Over 50,000 circulations) Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly Comments: "Range" is an appropriate middle name. What incredibly detailed reporting on a variety of complicated topics. What an ability to make us feel as if we know the players. What skill in explaining messy situations. The very essence of solid journalism. 2nd place: David Evans, Bloomberg Markets, "Duping the Families of Fallen Soldiers" HM: Mariel Garza, Los Angeles Daily News Editorials A2. PRINT (Under 50,000 circulation) Radley Balko, Reason Magazine Comment: ―Radley Balko is one of those throw-back journalists that understands the power of groundbreaking reporting and how to make a significant impact through his work. Time and time again, his stories cause readers to stop, think, and most significantly, take action. Congratulations!‖ 2nd Place: Dan Evans, Glendale News-Press HM: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News A3. TELEVISION JOURNALIST Ana Garcia and Fred Mamoun, KNBC-TV Garcia and Mamoun shoot, write and edit compelling stories. One of their strengths as a team is the obvious respect for their subjects, and the ability through contacts in the community to land exclusive interviews and opportunities. They are strong storytellers and the pieces move! 2nd Place: Antonio Valverde, Univision Valverde has a wide range as a journalist. He is able to work with various segments of the community to tell compelling stories. He has political acumen and can accurately and fairly tell stories, while also reaching out to the disenfranchised to share their stories of life in L.A. A4. RADIO JOURNALIST Susan Valot, KPCC Comments: Well-rounded reports with authoritative, informed tone. Great use of sound. Valot‘s work is some of the best we‘ve heard. 2nd Place: Brian Watt: KPCC HM: Kitty Felde: KPCC A5. ONLINE JOURNALIST Daniel Heimpel, 2nd Place: Chris Hedges, HM: Robert Scheer, A6. SPORTS JOURNALIST N/A A7. ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST Kim Masters, KCRW-FM Radio Comments: Nice voice in both senses of the word, along with substantive content. Covering a story about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, she tracked down Plame to comment on her portrayal, rather than just talking to the actress. She also gave a lot of information on entertainment agents that broadened the picture the public was likely to have of that occupation. 2nd Place: Tara Wallis-Finestone, NBC LA HM: George Pennacchio, KABC-TV A8. PHOTO JOURNALIST Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times A9. DESIGNER N/A B. DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Over 50,000 circulations – including news bureaus and correspondents B1. HARD NEWS Tracy Manzer and Sarah Peters, Long Beach Press-Telegram, "Heroes foil bank heist" Comments: The writing was appropriately-paced for the category and the story content. I enjoyed the writers' use of sensory details and factual information, presented with a slightly humorous/sarcastic tone that made this piece fun to read. B2. NEWS FEATURE Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly, ―The Parent Trigger‖. Comments: Documents a groundswell of democracy while explaining a new law through a real-world prism. Powerful. Incredibly well-sourced and informative, yet provides a human touch. The story of poor minorities trying to make a change documented how the masses can move the establishment. Inspiring to others, this story shows what newspaper do like no other. Bravo. 2nd Place: Thomas Curven, Los Angeles Times, ―Walking Away from Grief‖ HM: Kristopher Hanson, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Dangers Close to Home‖ B3. PERSONALITY PROFILE Steve Friess, LA Weekly, ―A Tragic Love Story‖ 2nd Place: Charlotte Hsu, LA Weekly, ―Forever Scared — The Story of Herman Atkins‖ HM: Karen Robes Meeks, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Murchison: A Portrait of a Long Beach Lobbyist‖ B4. INVESTIGATIVE/SERIES David Evans, Bloomberg News, "Fallen Soldiers' Families Denied Cash Payout as Insurers Profit" Comments: These articles are the soul of great investigative journalism, uncovering a shocking system whereby the families of slain soldiers are tricked about benefits, and where shameless insurance companies reap big profits at the expense of those families. Best of all, it led to immediate Congressional investigations and action. 2nd place: Beth Barrett, LA Weekly, "The Dance of the Lemons" HM: Monica Alonzo and Simone Wilson, LA Weekly, "Culture of Cruelty" B5. BUSINESS Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times, "California unfriendly to business? Figures say no" Comments: This is an authoritative and well-documented piece that refutes the common wisdom of California's tax structure being unfriendly to business. 2nd place: Beth Barrett, LA Weekly, "Barry Minkow 2.0" HM: Donna Howell, Investor's Business Daily, "Electric cars have lots of sizzle, but drivers risk sticker shock" B6. *COMMENTARY Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Pages Comments: They pull no punches at this newspaper, with front-page challenges to the mayor to get engaged again in tackling the problems facing the City of Angels. No "on the one hand, on the other hand" bland tomes on civic business in this newspaper. The Daily News grabs the reader (and the mayor) around the neck and says "look at this, dammit," not just with passionate, fiery prose, but solid reporting, too, and a step-by- step checklists for readers (and city officials) on how to solve the pressing issues of the city. 2nd Place: Thomas Elias, California Focus syndicated columns Comments: Thomas Elias writes with such authority, you just know he's the kind of government reporter who has seen it all. But he's never succumbed to the cynicism that prevents lucid reporting of state government issues and the people who make decisions. In this entry, Elias deftly debunks one of most popular budget-balancing schemes going these days: the sale of state buildings. Then he's on to who's really getting hurt by a half-billion dollar whack at California's state budget, and then got behind the rhetoric of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and concluded, "it's the same old line. HM: Amy Alkon, The Advice Goddess, Syndicated Columnist Comments: It's an unusual entry for a commentary category. But I liked Amy Alkon's direct, breezy style that was devoid of political correctness and the usual advice-column drivel. Her advice column is a really fun read, with great turns of phrase, which, when you think about, is the basis of good commentary whether the writer is talking about city budgets or personal relationships. Well done. B7. *COLUMNIST One person‘s viewpoint on any subject. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times - "On The Media" Comments: Columns are extremely well researched with numerous sources. Issue is explained in detail in a way that can be easily followed, leading the reader to understand and most likely agree with columnist's opinion and observations. Columnist knows his subject well from numerous sides; this is evident in his convincing and well-supported stance and indignation at "pay-to-play" TV journalism. A bonus is that the columns sparked major changes, forcing out one news executive and triggering a complaint to the FCC. 2nd Place: Patricia Bunin, Pasadena Star News - "Senior Moments" HM: Tim Grobaty, Press-Telegram - "What's Hot" on nightmare neighbors B8.* ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN Gustavo Turner, LA Weekly, ―Roger & Me: Street Art in the Global Village, Listening to Yoko, The Cool Maestro‖ Comments: Gustavo Turner‘s delightful and humor-laced prose draws us into the tale of a hypocritical megastar‘s PR machine, asks us to rethink Yoko Ono and introduces us to a forgotten funk artist — all made fascinating and real by Gustavo Turner‘s knowledge and panache. 2nd Place: Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Bening, Magic Man, Chloe et al‖ HM: Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, ‗theater reviews‘ B9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE B9 Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times, ―Who Killed James Bond?‖ Comment: Concise writing and thorough research make for a well- crafted look at the heyday and problematic present day of a legendary Hollywood studio. 2nd Place: Matt Coker, OC Weekly, ―Douchebag does Sundance‖ HM: Karina Longworth, LA Weekly, ―Sundance‘s Rebel Yell‖ B10. SPORTS Tie for First Place Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times, ―Anthony Davis: Dame fortune‖ Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly, ―Manny Pacquiao‖ Comments: Both were superb profiles of sports champions, one who never capitalized on his college stardom and the other a current champion looking for a second career. Anthony Davis is almost the American dream in reverse: Not only could he have been a contender, but he was a contender, in this case for the Heisman Trophy, who didn‘t have the pro sports career he fully expected afterward. A fellow Trojan cautions in the article that the rest of the world may not fully share the sky-high esteem USC‘s fans have had for Davis and many others. The article did a fine job of laying out Davis‘s many business ventures, none of them terribly successful, over the years. Manny Pacquiao, who might want to read the Davis article as a cautionary tale, is a boxer who seemingly has it all, and is also taking up a really brutal sport – politics – in his native Philippines. The article gives us some clues into just what makes Pacquiao so fierce in the ring that even champions think twice about fighting him. The multiple sources, depth of detail and colorful language made the article a joy to read. HM: Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times, ―Cal Poly Crash – Tragedy Couldn‘t kill team spirit‖ B11. HEADLINE Steve Hensch, Los Angeles Times, ―336 Voters Opened Bell‘s Wallet‖ Comments: The headline so succinctly captures the main elements of the story that a reader in a hurry might already have all they need. But it also creates an air of mystery – how could this possibly happen – that compels you to read the story anyway. 2nd Place: Donna Howell, Investor‘s Business Daily, ―Hangar Homes May Not Fly‖ HM: James Laurin, San Diego Union-Tribune, ―Big Right, Nothing Left for Mosley‖ B12. *DESIGN Kelly Lewis, OC Weekly, ―Hot Licks‖ Comments: An unexpected and resourceful design for a story about an emerging trend. The repeated use of triptychs of large photo – small photo – callout gives the design a thematic unity. The Old West imagery, though certainly done before, seems fresh in this context. Antique hanging caps were a nice touch. 2nd Place: Darrick Rainey, LA Weekly, ―Educating Maria‖ HM: Darrick Rainy, LA Weekly, ―Manny Pacquiao – the complete picture‖ C. DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Under 50,000 circulations C1. HARD NEWS Marlize van Romburgh, Stephen Nellis, Henry Dubroff, Tony Biasotti, : Pacific Coast Business Times, ―Pacific Capital‘s Ford Infusion‖ Comments: A very detailed financial transaction is laid out both simply and in all its glory, aided by one of the world‘s best-labeled graphs right on Page One. There‘s a fine companion profile of the main mover and shaker behind the deal. C2. NEWS FEATURE Theresa Marie Moreau, The Remnant, ―They Died in China‖ Comment: ―I was drawn into this in-depth series of stories from the opening sentence and couldn‘t put it down until I had read every word of every story. That, to me, represents quality writing and reporting, which are the hallmarks of exceptional feature writing.‖ 2nd Place: Alexa Hyland, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Awaiting‖ HM: Carl Kozlowski, Pasadena Weekly, ―Ridin‘ with Dr. Feelgood‖ C3. PERSONALITY PROFILE Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Cornering Downtown‖ Comments: Daniel Miller‘s story on real estate developer Barry Shy is cunningly insightful, delving into the combatative Shy‘s many battles. 2nd Place: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―The Survivor‖ HM: Karmel Melamed, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, ―Remembering Ebi: Why we fled Iran‖ C4. INVESTIGATIVE/SERIES Richard Clough, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―First Fed‘s Fault Lines‖ Comment: ―This is a great example of top-notch investigative journalism at its best. The writer‘s use of FOIA requests to get at the real story – as well as his constant digging – gave readers a fresh look at the seemingly unintended consequence of the country‘s financial meltdown. What‘s more, this is clearly the pacesetter of a very strong category of nominees.‖ 2nd Place: Michael Collins, Pasadena Weekly, ―Monkeys‖ 3rd Place: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―The Curious Case of Brian Alexik‖ C5. BUSINESS Marlize van Romburgh, Pacific Coast Business Times, ―Foreclosure Fiasco‘s Ground Zero: Ventura County offices churned out paperwork― Comments: Thoroughness of reporting and stylish writing, happily making their journalistic home where Countrywide Financial was headquartered, light up this account of the inside workings of the subprime mortgage crisis. Quotes from insiders paint quite the picture of the road gone down before the crash that shouldn‘t have surprised anyone – but did. 2nd Place: Anna Scott, LA Downtown News, ― To Have and to Hold, and Hold and Hold and Hold and Hold‖ HM: Richard Clough, LA Business Journal, ―LA Corporate Credit Union Faces Historic Damages‖ C6. *COMMENTARY Amy Alkon, Creators Syndicate, 'The Advice Goddess'" Comments: Funny, edgy, relevant and thoroughly engaging. Amy's VOICE resonates with its readers and the visual and conversation style makes her writing jump off the page! 2nd Place: Burbank Leader, "Burbank Leader Editorials" HM: Thomas Elias, "Thomas Elias California Focus Syndicated Column" C7.* COLUMNIST Charles Crumpley, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Drawing a Line at City Hall‖ Comment: Charles Crumpley didn‘t need many words to convey a witty – but factual – jab at how the city of Los Angeles‘ financial crisis will negatively impact an already-beleaguered business permits process. I laughed out loud. Well done!‖ 2nd Place: Dan Evans, Burbank Leader, ―Columns – Dan Evans‖ HM: Amy Alkon, Syndicated columnist, ―The Advice Goddess‖ C8. *ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN N/A C9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly, "The Story Behind the Stories'" Comments: A fresh approach to an interesting topic, which is an important form of literary publication and a valuable outlet for writers. 2nd Place: Naomi Pfefferman, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, "Kevin Spacey gets in touch with his inner Jew in 'Casino Jack'"" HM: Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly, "Taking Back 'Beautiful'" C10. SPORTS Joel Russell, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Staying on a roll - Rob Dyrdek‖ Comments: There‘s much the general public doesn‘t know about professional skateboarding – notably that even the best skateboarders can‘t make a living from the prize money and must seek endorsement deals. That and many other facts about the sport and one of its champions are brought out in this entertaining story. 2nd Place: Jay Berman, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Keeping His Lens on the Dodgers‖ C11. HEADLINE Tom Hicks, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Cool With It‖ Comments: Sixties lingo meets global warming in this headline for a story about businesses who see no reason to oppose California climate change laws – despite organized business groups doing so vigorously. 2nd Place: University Times Staff, Cal State L.A., ―Othello Slays Desdemona‖ HM: Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Bloodbath and Beyond‖ C12. *DESIGN Brian Allison, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Don‘t Miss The Summer ― Comments: Vibrant, imaginative, compelling look at events for summer planning. Lots of summery colors and graphics. It makes out-of-towners wish they‘d been in Los Angeles last summer rather than missing all that! There was added nostalgia, given recent events, at seeing Manny Ramirez again as the very symbol of the Dodgers. 2nd Place: Daniel Kacvinski, The Jewish Journal , ―Why Jews Should Care About Prop 19‖ HM: Robert Laudry, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Restacking the Coin – L.A.‘s Wealthiest Angelenos‖ D. ART/PHOTOGRAPHY Print - Newspaper/magazine/wire service/online D1. NEWS PHOTO Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―Haiti‘s Pain‖ Comment: ―Judges struggled with the top five. Compelling images from the Haiti disaster. The winning photo made a real connection with the viewer.‖ 2nd Place: Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times, ―Altercation‖ HM: Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―Survivors‖ D2. FEATURE PHOTO Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times, ―Victims of Gang Violence‖ Comment: ―Hands down, best image in the entire contest. The innocence of this victim was captured with great dignity. The image was a capstone of a remarkable photo essay.‖ 2nd Place: Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―The Ultimate Sacrifice‖ HM: Michael Owen Baker, Los Angeles Daily News, Sheep Riding D3. SPORTS PHOTO Diandra Jay, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Celebration‖ Comment: A vivid and wonderfully alive reaction picture from a game. 2nd Place: Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram, ―I got it,‖ HM: John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News, Lakers Photo D4. ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Soul Man‖ Comment: ―All judges were instantly drawn to the Clint Eastwood portrait for the quality of the light and subtle emotion.‖ 2nd Place: Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Bell of the Ball‖ HM: Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Something Different Shining Through‖ D5. EDITORIAL CARTOON Lalo Alcaraz, Los Angeles Times, ―Universal Uclick‖ Comment: ―Lalo Alcaraz's cartoons are unique in their style and subject matter. His graphic images are succinct and get right to the point.‖ 2nd Place: Patrick O'Connor, LA Weekly HM: Doug Davis, Los Angeles Downtown News D6. PHOTO ESSAY (single topic Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times, ―Victims of Gang Violence‖ Comment: This was far and away the strongest category of the contest. Judges struggled with their decision. The breadth of the content in this category was refreshing! Photographer‘s efforts were passionate in telling the important story about the impact of gang violence.‖ 2nd Place: Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times, ―Project 50‖ HM: Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times, ―Disaster in the Gulf‖ E. TELEVISION E1. *ANCHOR N/A E2. BREAKING NEWS Mitch Waldow, KTTV, ―Fatal Bus Crash‖ Comment: Excellent example of breaking news coverage, when the reporter must delve into the worst possible story: the death of others. Waldow does it with great professionalism. E3. FEATURE Chuck Henny, Tara Wallis, Jose Hernandez, Fernando Torres, KNBC, ―Rock and Roll Treasure‖. Comments: This piece was engaging, entertaining, and a fascinating slice of history to watch. It was well-edited and unfolded at the perfect pace. We all want to meet her now and see her pictures! What a great look back at the heyday of rock and roll. 2nd Place: Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, Steve Lopez and Alberto Arce, KCET-TV, ―Putting on Ayers‖. Comments: This musical piece was a fascinating look at a man who has truly turned his life around. The story focused on Ayers, not the ―superstars‖ who wanted to work with him, and the judges appreciated that focus. A well edited piece, it focused not only on the man‘s life, but on the music he makes. HM: Fred Mamoun, Ana Garcia, Kevin Nious, Jose Hernandez, Lindsey Jackson , KNBC-TV, ―Mercury in Seafood Series‖. Comments: An interesting series looking at a problem especially pervasive in health-conscious Southern California, the taint of mercury in our seafood. Good demonstration of the breadth of the problem and how it impacts health. E4. INVESTIGATIVE Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Vince Gonzales, Lata Pandya, Alberto Arce, KCET, ―Protected or Neglected‖ Comments: Really interesting stories focusing on a big problem in the region: OSHA not keeping workers safe. This investigation had all the elements: good pacing, foreshadowing, well-told stories, victims, a ―bad guy,‖ confrontation, excellent editing and storytelling. 2nd Place: Frank Snepp, Colleen Williams, Yvonne Beltzer , KNBC, ―TSA Investigation: Is it Safe to Fly?‖ Comments: This story was a fascinating look at ―the security behind the security.‖ What really happens when the safety guys take over? Are you safe? Is your stuff? Why isn‘t there better oversight? HM: Chris Blatchford, KTTV-Fox 11, ―Hawthorne Corruption‖ Comments: What happens when the police chief tries to cover up a snafu at a strip club? A good investigative story. This story uncovered all the dirt under the rocks regarding the incident with the elected officials and the ensuing attempts to make it go away. Good investigative work. E5. SPORTS Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket Team, ―Bryshon Nellum‘s Road to Recovery‖ Comments: Well-told story about an athlete who was on his way to the top, but then an injury changed everything. Now he‘s on his way back. Well-told with great sports video, emotion, well-edited. 2nd Place: Fred Mamoun, Ana Garcia, Kevin Nious, Lindsey Jackson, KNBC, ―Winter Olympic Games Stories‖ Comments: Great compilation of well-told, well-edited stories about the various local stars of the 2010 Winter Olympics and how they all got to the top. HM: Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket Team, ―Nickell Robey‘s Journey To USC‖ Comments: Another emotional, well-told story about a young man who had his athletic career halted by a family tragedy that rocked his world. The journalists shared his story, the emotion and his own personal struggle to make it, as well as the school‘s dedication to helping this young athlete. E6. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, Judy Muller, Michael Bloecher and Anne Lilburn, KCET-TV, ―Socal Connected; Celluloid Ceiling‖ Comments: Kathyrn Bigelow may have just won the Oscar for Best Director, but she‘s one of only a few female directors even nominated up until now. Judy Muller and her team look at accomplished women directors still needing to fight to get any directing work at all in Hollywood. Many movie fans might have missed that the Twilight films are directed by a woman, who‘s interviewed. Probably few in the country realize, though, that Martha Cooldige was elected by her fellow directors to head the Directors Guild of America – but still had trouble getting films to direct. There‘s also a good look at what makes a good director, and some sadly humorous quotes about female directors being ―too emotional‖ for many producers when quite a few prominent male directors are famously unhinged on the set. 2nd Place: George Pennacchio and Cheryl Diano, KABC-TV, ―Best Worst Movie‖ HM: Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, David Lazarus, Alberto Arce, and Anne Lilburn, ―Runaway Production‖ E7. TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS SoCal Connected, KCET, ―The Price of Power/Track To The Future/My DWP Bill‖ Comments: All of the stories were well done, informative and the entire show moved very well. 'Track to the Future' was our favorite story and we loved how well-researched the 'My DWP Bill' story was. 2nd Place: SoCal Connected, KCET, ―Sacramento Dreamin/Climate Recall/Between The Line‖ HM: Jannelle So, KSCITV-LA 18, ―Surviving human trafficking, sexual assault, death conviction‖ E8. DOCUMENTARIES Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket, ―Life And Times Of John Wooden‖ Comments: Loved the use of old interviews and photos to tell such an epic story about an amazing life. The pacing was exceptional. John Wooden would be proud. 2nd Place: News Organization: Rebecca Neito, Robert Kovacik, Thomas Bravo, Scott Meadows, Lindsey Jackson et al, KNBC, ―Untold Stories Of Haiti‖ HM: SoCal Connected, KCET, ―Protected or Neglected‖ F. RADIO F1. *ANCHOR Jim Rondeau, KCLU Comments: A conversational yet authoritative newscast. Well-constructed and nicely delivered, holding the listener's interest. 2nd Place: Steve Jullian: KPCC HM: Alex Cohen: KPCC F2. BREAKING NEWS KNX, So Cal Storms Comments: This is what team coverage during breaking news events is all about. Reporters did an excellent job of setting the scene. Anchors were great too. 2nd Place: KCLU: Simi Valley Lab Explosion HM: KCRW: Which Way LA? BREAKING NEWS OR FEATURE SHORT FORM John Baird, KNX, SoCal Stormin’ Comment: A very interesting and informative piece with a playful twist. Nice use of NATS and balance between news and sports. 2nd Place: Steve Gregory, KFI, The KOGI BBQ Experience. HM: Brian Watt, KPCC, ―Tesla-Toyota‖ F4. FEATURE Madeleine Brand/Kristen Muller, KPCC, ―LA River ― Comments: A powerful combination of local history, personal tragedy and public service. Deeply moving narrative. 2nd Place: Nelson Aguilar and Cason Smith, KSAK, ―Big League/College Dreams‖ HM: Brian Watt, KPCC, ―Sleeper Memorial‖ F5. INVESTIGATIVE Jason Nathanson, KNX, ―Up In Smoke‖ Comments: Well-researched, entertaining and informative. Nice work. 2nd Place: KPCC, ―Prison Health Series‖ HM: KNX, ―LAX: No Way Out‖ F6. ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING/*CRITICISM Larry Mantle, KPCC, ―Oliver Stone‖ Comments: This crackling interview went beyond normal chit chat. Mantle established a good rapport with Stone and pushed him with tough questions. 2nd Place: Kim Masters, KCRW, ―The Business‖ HM: Steve Cuevas, KPCC, ―Surf King‖ F7. SPORTS Jon Baird, KNX, ―Foul Ball Freak-Out ― Comments: Informative report on an issue that a lot of fans don‘t think about. 2nd Place: Lance Orozco/Jim Rondeau, KCLU, ―It‘s More Than A Game‖ HM: Susan Valot, KPCC, ―Curling‖ F8. USE OF SOUND Kevin Ferguson, KPCC, ―Patch Work‖ Comments: Great use of audio in a narrative way, demonstrating notes and sounds of all the instruments. Great voicing too. 2nd Place: "Claudia Amezcua/Cason Smith, KSAK, Renaissance Faire Opening" HM: Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, ―Awake Brain Surgery‖ F9. TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS Airtalk With Larry Mantle, KPCC, ―Airtalk: Live from Phoenix‖ Comments: A professional, well-produced and fast-paced presentation. This show gave all sides of the issue. 2nd Place: The Patt Morrison Show, KPCC, ―St. John‘s‖ HM: The Madeleine Brand Show, KPCC, ―The Madeleine Brand Show‖ F10. DOCUMENTARIES Andrew Mollenbeck, Andy Ludlum, Bill Nesbitt, KNX, ―Haiti: Hope in the Ruins‖ Comments: Excellent documentary. A lot of hard work went into this special. Great narrative. 2nd Place: John North, KCLU, ―K-12 Education in Crisis‖ HM: Cason Smith and Nelson Aguilar, KSAK, ―Big League/College Dreams‖ G. MAGAZINES G1. NEWS/INVESTIGATIVE David Evans, Bloomberg Markets magazine, ―Duping the Families of Fallen Soldiers‖ Comment: ―David Evans dug deep to uncover this seemingly unbelievable story about how more than 130 life insurance companies were profiting from death benefits owed to the families of deceased service members…and then he dug some more. This is hard-hitting investigative journalism the way it‘s supposed to be done!‖ 2nd Place: Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, Newsweek, ―The Creativity Crisis‖ HM: Ronald Grover, Tom Lowry and Michael White, Bloomberg Businessweek, ―King of the World (Again)‖ G2. FEATURE/COMMENTARY David Schneider, Slake: Los Angeles, ―Ballad of the Trunk Monkey‖ Comment: ―I was drawn into this unconventional piece from the first sentence and then carried along like a track car on a macabre roller coaster. The story was fun, engaging, entertaining and, most important, exceptionally well-written. It was so good I re-read it several times.‖ 2nd Place: Richard Siklos, Business Week Magazine, ―Extreme Moneyball‖ HM: Peter Suderman, Reason, ―The Gatekeeper – How a little bureaucratic office became the biggest impediment to Barack Obama‘s health care plans‖ G3. PERSONALITY PROFILE Steve Oney, Playboy Magazine, ―Hollywood Fixer‖ Comment: Engaging and enlightening, a succinctly written profile that reveals an interesting man characterized by his atypical career. 2nd Place: Peter Suderman, Reason Magazine, ―Paul Ryan: Radical or Sellout?‖ HM: Monica Rizzo and Alexis Chiu, People Magazine, ―Jennifer Grey Bounces Back‖ G4. *ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN Matt Welch, Reason Magazine, ―Bailing Out Big Brother‖ Comments: In his piercing critique of two authors who want federal subsidies for news media, Welch calmly dismisses the idea of letting government take on ―the care and feeding of its watchdog.‖ Persuasive and intricately researched. 2nd Place: Greg Beato, Reason Magazine, ―From Paris Hilton to John Edwards: Celebrity sex tapes are the signature art form of Our Age‖ HM: Arty Nelson, Slake Los Angeles, ―Abstract L.A.‖ G5. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Ronald Grover, Tom Lowry and Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg Business Week, ―Revenge of the Cable Guys‖ Comments: Grover, Lowry and Edwards beautifully explain the ridiculously complex effort by cable firms to launch ―TV Everywhere,‖ the ability to view everything you wish on your laptop, tablet and someday your phone — and to do it so easily that you‘re willing to pay for it. 2nd Place: James M. Dorsey, Reason Magazine, ―Rap and Metal on Plant Islam‖ HM: Julie Jordan, People Magazine, ―I Miss Patrick So Much‖ G6.* IN-HOUSE OR CORPORATE PUBLICATION Bennet Kelley, Internet Law Center, Cyber Report Comments: Lots of news and info on an emerging field of law (and business), presented simply with lots of links for even more information. 2nd Place: Mary Lee, San Diego Community College District, We (With Excellence) HM: Mary Lee, San Diego Community College District, 2009 SDCCD Citizens' Oversiqht Committee H. ONLINE H1. NEWS/INVESTIGATIVE Julie Fax, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, ―The Ugly Secret‖ Comments: The author shines a light on a non-physical abuse, a pervasive stigma among Jewish woman, with this thoroughly researched and well written report. 2nd Place: Sachi Cunningham, Los Angeles Times, ―They‘ve struck oil, but they‘re not rich‖ HM: Matthew Fleischer, Witness L.A., ―Follow the gang money: Part 2 – The Interventionists‖ H2. NEWS TWEET Single or series. Imran Jattala, Ahmadiyya Times/, Tweets from May 28-30, 2010 Comments: Reading tweets as violence escalates and information changes tone was fascinating. Game changing use of this social tool. 2nd Place: Nita Lelyveld, Martin Beck, Los Angeles Times, Twitter Update During Dec. Deluge HM: Alex Wilk, ATVN – USC , ―Pres. Obama Visits USC‖ HM: Alex Schaffert, Southern California Public Radio, ―Election Night 2010‖ H3. FEATURE Stef Willen, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, "All in A Days Tragedy" Comments: The subject matter is unique and interesting, and Willen's writing style is bold, engaging and heartfelt. She has a great sense of humor and honesty. 2nd Place: Stef Willen, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, "I Think I Found Your Cat" HM: Michael Jack Lawlor, Transmopolis, "Dr Mongo: LA's Spoken Word" News Organization: Transmopolis H4. PERSONALITY PROFILE Robert Meeks and Greg Mellen, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―From the streets, ‗Kingman‘ rises‖ Comments: A concisely written profile of local character ―Kingman‖ that nonetheless manages to recount events spanning different countries and even decades in an orderly manner. The well-produce video complements it astoundingly – quality primary and secondary footage; compelling quotes from Linton and moving musical selections; and an efficient reorganization of the paper‘s text for a fine script. 2nd Place: John Gittelsohn and Nadja Brandt, BusinessWeek, ―Trump Evokes Doubts of Fading Apprentice With Newest Link to Golf as Brand‖ HM: Callie Schweitzer, Neon Tommy, ―For One Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer, Some Days Are Never Forgotten‖ H5. CONSUMER JOURNALISM Service oriented journalism. David Evans, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, ―Fallen Soldier‘s Family Denied Cash as Insurers Profit‖ Comments: Thorough and informative. Very relevant to current affairs. Glad someone has brought light to the situation – and an investigation. 2nd Place: Callie Schweitzer,, ―Social Media Campaign for National Coming Out Week has Roots ion L.A.‖ HM: Michael Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, ―Vegas Bets on Sexy Dancers‖ H6. MULTI MEDIA PACKAGE Genaro Molina, Albert Lee, Bryan Chan and Marc Martin, Los Angeles Times, ―Project 50‖ Comments: What a multi-media journey. This creative group told the story of skid row's homeless. The presentation was flawless and the hard work showed. Great photos, video, sound and stories. 2nd Place: * AirTalk and Digital Staffs, KPCC, ―Evaluating Teacher Evaluations‖ Comments: Again using all media to inform the user on how teachers are evaluated. Engaging. HM: Mark Boster, Dkathy MY Pyon, Calvin Hom, Don Kelsen and Sean Connelley, Los Angeles Times, ―Four Seasons in Yosemite‖ Wow H7. *COLUMN/COMMENTARY Stef Willen, McSweeney‘s Internet Tendency, A Column About Inventorying Other People‘s Tragedies Comments: At some point, Willen‘s columns should be bound in a volume and made available to the readers who have the misfortune of not frequenting the portal where ―Total Loss‖ is published. Its themes are so human, permanent and universal that they rise above the temporary feel of much of the political and economic matter its competitors drew from. The vivid, engaging pieces are written and edited expertly, to boot. 2nd Place: Greg Beato, Reason, ―Copy Fight: A new front opens in the battle over online copyright infringement‖ HM: Timothy A. Spangler, Forbes Online, ―On the Docket: Inside the Courtroom‖ H8. ONLINE SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY Mark Heisler,, ―Role Models for the Id‖ Comments: Heisler takes on a hot-button topic and two iconic but controversial sports stars like Ben Roethlisberger and Tiger Woods in a very informative, entertaining, witty and provocative way. No pulling punches and even using his own family to kind of put a bow on the commentary and wrap it up at the end. An easy read, never dragged, makes you constantly wait for the next paragraph to see where he might be going next. It is the kind of piece that is interesting because of the premise, but continuously makes you think throughout – whether you agree with him or not. 2nd Place: Shotgun Spratling, Neon Tommy, ―Not Everyone Should Be Allowed to Wear 42‖ HM: Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Don‘t Stand So Close to Me, I Gotta See Zenyatta Just One More Time‖ H9. ENTERTAINNMENT NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY/REVIEWS Dylan Howard & David Perel,, ―Mel Gibson: Sex, Lies & Audiotapes‖ Comments: This is a great example of how online publications can apply standard journalism techniques to provide coverage of a story. It‘s research, interview, sourcing and reporting at its best. Congratulations for your work combining these two worlds in reporting a news story. 2nd Place: Tara Wallis-Finestone,, ―Courtney Love Assembles a Twitter Army‖ HM: Chris Hedges,, ―The Pictures of War You Aren‘t Supposed to See‖ H10. WEBLOG, INDIVIDUAL Celeste Fremon, Comments: Good reporting, passionate writing, righteous anger – the facts 2nd Place: Ted Johnson, Variety, HM: Brad A. Greenberg, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, The GodBlog H11. WEBLOG, GROUP Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly, ―Squid Ink‖ Comments: Wide range of subject matter, covered in a nice variety of ways. Interviews are good, there are newsy items and some profiles. I‘d read this blog regularly. 2nd Place: Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Farther off the Wall‖ HM: Alex Schaffert, Southern California Public Radio, ―Pacific Swell‖ H12. WEBSITE, EXCLUSIVE TO THE INTERNET Zaude Kaufman, Comments: Good looking, interactive and deep website. Lots of work goes into this site and it shows. 2nd Place: Dainiel Heimpel, Comments: A one man crusade well presented. Good work. HM: Imran Jattala, H13. WEBSITE, NEWS ORGANIZATION Michael Fleeman, Marla Lehner and Dahvi Shira, People Magazine, Comments: Bright and colorful easy to navigate. Reflects the tone of the magazine perfectly. 2nd Place: Erin Broadley and Drex Heikes, LA Weekly, HM: Nick Gillespie, Reason Magazine, H14. FACEBOOK PRESENCE BY A NEWS ORGANIZATION LA Weekly Facebook page Comments: The page engages its users, and gets tons of comments. Huge audience gain since entry was submitted. Enjoyed the added features. Well done. 2nd Place: Alex Schaffert, KPCCFM, KPCC S. Cal Public Radio HM: Anil Dewan, Which Way LA?,KCRW FM H15. BEST FACEBOOK PRESENCE BY AN INDIVIDUAL Stella Inger Facebook page KPSP Stella has gained a large audience that is very active. Comments abound on this page, which is easier said than done by an individual. I. SPECIAL INTEREST JOURNALISM I1. ADVOCACY JOURNALISM Nick Gillespie, Paul Feine and Drew Carrey, Reason Magazine, ―Reason saves Cleveland‖ Comments: Can a team of journalists and advocates fix a failed city that has lost half its residents? Reason‘s video series told Cleveland what was wrong with its schools and anti-business policies and how to fix it. The stunned City Council asked them to town to hear more. A strong start to a wildly ambitious activism project. 2nd Place: Matthew Fleisher & Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA/Spot.Us, ―The LA Justice Report‖ HM: Daniel Heimpel,, ―Changing the Foster Care Narrative‖ J. INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM J1. HARD NEWS Claudine Mulard, Le Monde (France), "Should the California Constitution Be Revised?'" Comments: Excellent writing. Claudine's varied diction, intellect and thorough reporting style made this piece thought-provoking and educational. J2. NEWS FEATURE Claes Andreasson, Swedish National Public Radio, ―Death In The Desert‖ Comments: The story created was vivid...we felt like we were there. 2nd Place: Anna Jonsson Connell, Hemtrevligt Magazine, ―Lars Roos At My Place‖ HM: Daniele Compatangelo, Italian TV, ―The Los Angeles Breakdown‖ J3. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Claudia Laffranchi, Swiss Made Magazine, ―Time To Give‖ Comments: Positive entertainment piece on charity within Hollywood. We just loved this! 2nd Place: Claes Andreasson, Swedish National Public Radio, ―Meet Me @ Metro‖ HM: Tom Tugend, Jerusalem Post, ―Cellulord Paranoia‖ J4. *COLUMNIST OR CRITIC Tom Walters, CTV News (Canadian Television), "Image Rehab?" Comments: Interesting, timely and relevant content that speaks to current social and familial issues. Nicely done. 2nd Place: Barbara Gasser, Steiermark Report (Austria), "Election Time" K. YOUTH AND STUDENT MEDIA K1.* BEST STUDENT NEWSPAPER Staff, Los Angeles Collegian, LA City College Comments: This jam-packed campus paper takes on a secretive and arrogant college administration on many issues and discovers emails that shows the adults' hostility towards the student reporters. These young people are doing their jobs, and a fine job at that. 2ndPlace: Staff, University Times, Cal State LA K2. BEST NEWS WEBSITE *Staff, University Times, Cal State LA Comments: A live site filled with news, culture and even heartfelt rants, University Times at the url CoolStateLA is well-written and offers a nice variety for readers. K3. BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG N/A K4. *BEST PHOTOGRAPHY Reuben E. Reynoso, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Diverse‖ Comments: Reuben Reynoso is heading for great things with his artful photo design talents that blend a wry political sensibility with fine photography technique. 2nd Place: Claudine Jasmin, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Dental Technician Program‖ HM: Shotgun Spratling, Neon Tommy, ―USC-Notre Dame Fotball Game‖ K5. *BEST WRITING—PRINT Reuben E. Reynoso, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Professor Journeys Through African Spirituality‖ Comments: This is a beautiful conceived and detailed profile about the fascinating entry of an American into a secret world in west Africa. Written like a pro. 2nd Place: Mary Mars Melnicoff, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Sports by the numbers‖ HM: Alexander Woodman, UCLA, ―Struggle for Perceptibility‖

2. very close to me

  • Published: 2018-02-21T23:58:24+00:00
  • Duration: 356
  • By none_rosebud
very close to me

I’d like to help you feel more comfortable this evening. Do you think you could sit with me for awhile? sound & video: becky brown + mease hm

3. We Are Voices - Fine (Official Video)

We Are Voices - Fine (Official Video) We Are Voices Official Video for "Fine", off their latest album, "Tread Lightly", which was released on December 11th, 2012. "If there is a single thing that can be taken away from a spin of Tread Lightly, their new full-length, it is that they were born to pack arenas. Track for track, the album shines. It easily could find itself highlighted as a sleeper on countless end-of-the-year lists. It has the potential to put your (Kansas City's) beautiful music scene back on the map." - Joshua Hammond, The Deli Magazine "As far as Indie, Rock and Alternative, I'd dare to say this is one of the best albums of the year." - RJ Frometa, VENTS Magazine "Hailing from Kansas City, it's a bit shocking to see that We Are Voices are still fully independent. Tread Lightly is top-notch and refined in its production, and its appeal so broad yet substantial, that the band becoming a household name seems only a matter of time." - Philip Obenschain, "The result is "Tread Lightly," an hour of indie rock that recalls the finer moments of Coldplay and U2." - Joel Francis, INK Magazine "They will take off. This album is too good not to have some sort of rocketing-to-stardom factor." - Blake Solomon, "From a sea of predictable sounds and artificial gimmicks, Kansas City quartet We Are Voices emerges with an array of well-knit, allusive lullabies that will awaken contemplation." - Jonathan Kindler, HM Magazine "Can't emphasize how great it is." - Alex Schelldorf, Indie Vision Music "Breathy, tranquil, and emotional, We Are Voices blend dreamy pop melodies and glimmers of guitars." - Andrew Martin, The Music, The Message "Given the craft, richness and intelligence of the band's debut, We Are Voices may yet be on its way." - Chris Parker, The Pitch Production by Alea Lovely & Piotr Bebenek

4. We Are Voices - End (Live at Uptown Theater)

We Are Voices - End (Live at Uptown Theater) We Are Voices performs "End", off their latest album, "Tread Lightly", live at The Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO. "If there is a single thing that can be taken away from a spin of Tread Lightly, their new full-length, it is that they were born to pack arenas. Track for track, the album shines. It easily could find itself highlighted as a sleeper on countless end-of-the-year lists. It has the potential to put your (Kansas City's) beautiful music scene back on the map." - Joshua Hammond, The Deli Magazine "As far as Indie, Rock and Alternative, I'd dare to say this is one of the best albums of the year." - RJ Frometa, VENTS Magazine "Hailing from Kansas City, it's a bit shocking to see that We Are Voices are still fully independent. Tread Lightly is top-notch and refined in its production, and its appeal so broad yet substantial, that the band becoming a household name seems only a matter of time." - Philip Obenschain, "The result is "Tread Lightly," an hour of indie rock that recalls the finer moments of Coldplay and U2." - Joel Francis, INK Magazine "They will take off. This album is too good not to have some sort of rocketing-to-stardom factor." - Blake Solomon, "From a sea of predictable sounds and artificial gimmicks, Kansas City quartet We Are Voices emerges with an array of well-knit, allusive lullabies that will awaken contemplation." - Jonathan Kindler, HM Magazine "Can't emphasize how great it is." - Alex Schelldorf, Indie Vision Music "Breathy, tranquil, and emotional, We Are Voices blend dreamy pop melodies and glimmers of guitars." - Andrew Martin, The Music, The Message "Given the craft, richness and intelligence of the band's debut, We Are Voices may yet be on its way." - Chris Parker, The Pitch Thanks to these wonderful individuals! Visual - David Fiser (Camera & Edit), Andrea Larson (Camera), Matt Terwilliger (Camera), Carlos Lima (Camera), Brandon Laskowski (Camera) Audio - Aaron Crawford (Engineering & Mix)

5. No clouds in her scones.

No clouds in her scones.

So there's this song. Ali likes to say that the chorus goes, "NO CLOUDS IN MY SCONEESSS!" hahahaha. I think she very well may be Now I love to google and such, but I've decided that instead of researching the actual lyrics of the song I would like to forever hear that phrase everytime they sing it. The other day I was in my car, driving home from work, and I decided I wanted to share that moment with Ali. So I sent her a voice clip of me singing along to the song and everything... Today she sent me this. HAHAHAHA. She is great. Oh and if you haven't seen them already, she found videos I'd made on my camera and posted them without me knowing. So go look if you want. Plus her and David always have great videos.

6. 52 Songs Project #1: Jaded

52 Songs Project #1: Jaded

This is the first installment of a weekly recording project of my music. My committing to this weekly recording practice was inspired by Zack Orr, a musician friend of mine who is participating in the 365Songs project. "Jaded" is a song I wrote over the summer, about the sadness I have watching my son and his peers grow up surrounded by digital media. It started as an instrumental piece I came up with on the piano, after learning the song "Play the Game" by Queen for a friend's birthday. The chords are very similar, but the song that eventually came out of it is pretty different. Here are the lyrics: If I could take you Back into a simpler time Reverse the path of a crooked ride Experience that left you numb inside If I could wake you From walking dead among the fickle crowd And pick you up and climb to higher ground Refresh your memory, till you came around And pull you from the brink of jaded, jaded hm I’d bring you back from jaded, jaded, jaded I can’t protect you From falling down the rabbit hole And toys designed to leave you cold And clicking through to being bought and sold The slippery road that leads to jaded, jaded hm You’re slipping down to jaded, jaded, jaded Your state of wonder’s gone And any sense of mystery It’s too late for saving innocence With everything you want And everything you don’t coming at you anyway Let's go back into a simpler time Experience can leave you full inside The shiny opposite of jaded, jaded, hm... You went and left me I went and let you You went. More info:

7. I Will Cut You, DevOps & Culture - ITSM weekly the podcast EPISODE 92

  • Published: 2012-07-10T01:16:51+00:00
  • Duration: 4361
  • By ServiceSphere
I Will Cut You, DevOps & Culture -  ITSM weekly the podcast EPISODE 92

Show Notes and Links: Show Notes: Amazon Outage Should cloud providers OPEN up to fully disclose their backup systems CNET Article - "Icebergs in the cloud" PDF Link Service Warranty Cloud is a threat to IT Natural Selection isn't pleasant for the non-selected. ServiceNow cloud documentation Are cloud providers by disclosing their ops, for transparency sake, now losing ground with competitive advantage? NIST Cloud Standards Elastic Load Balancing  Are we passed the TECH bubble? Best Buy lays off 650 Geek Squad Employees Facebook vs ServiceNow Microsoft / Yammer vs Facebook / Instagram this is a billion dollar battle to be relevant?  Salesforce, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, all racing to be social Perception is a big deal with tech futures, because of  Windows 7 $300.00 Windows 8 40.00 licenses costs are changing so fast. MOBILE ONLY SOFTWARE Why HR Still Isn't a Strategic Partner Friction vs Flow John Willis, VP enStratus Devops Movement Cote and John Willis, podcast on ITIL / ITSM with Chris Dancy You own your OWN availability Cloud - Do you need to own a data center? When do standards really work? Devops defined Adam Jacobs – Devops - A professional and cultural movement Kanban Devops is a FAD right now. Damon Edwards, Devop Days Devops = CAMS > Culture, Automation, Measurement and Sharing Tools Devops If you can't get the culture right, skip CHEF or PUPPET Velocity Conference 2012- Facebook Session – Jay Parikh - "How do you get to a billion users!" Eliyahu Goldratt "Beyond the Goal" Devops doesn't fit every cultural organization Who is culture hacking? John Allspaw from Etsy Sun Tzu Toyota - You can copy someone’s process, you can't copy someone's culture Culture is BS.... people don't understand the word. Culture is a NICE way of saying "I'm afraid of people" The CULTURE RANT Spike Morelli In reality no one cares about culture, NO ONE. Tools give us a chance to POINT fingers.  Culture failures don't give you a opt out on ego. If you are KILLING yourself at work, maybe the suicide rate is a cultural indicator at your organization. No one is exposing the STRENGTHS of cultures.   Big data surfing tied to smiley faces and bug bashing Hornbill Software HACK day (Innovation Day) Velocity Conference and Devops Days There is a TALANET WAR right now. BE BOLD, LEAVE YOUR JOB IF THE CULTURE DOESNT WORK How do you lose employees?  Why do good employee leave? Is it EVER OK to fire an employee for making a mistake? Good ITIL / Bad ITIL ITIL is about process over people Devops is about people over process Ben Rockwood Velocity ITIL = Constraint / Devops = Flow Continual Service Improvement is NOT a choice; it's a force of nature. Bank Simple - Banking meets culture Introverts and the abuse of the corp culture (TED Talk) Stupid people suck the life out of me Clouderati are just a bunch of talkers Facebook data centers Netflix  Culture vs Facebook culture Ian M. Clayton , Paul Wilkinson  are now mainstream tigers and koala bears FILDI - F, it, let's do it Build SLACK into workflow Native RT vs Retweet, why it's important A Robot will take your job Show Transcription: ITSM weekly, the podcast for your news, insight analysis and information from the world of IT service management. Your hosts Matthew Hooper, Chris Anthony and Matt Baron. IT Service Management Weekly, the podcast starts now. Welcome to ITSM weekly. The podcast, episode 92. 9 -2. For the week ending, I don't know, we're not good at week. Guys how you doing? Good, how you doing Chris? Good! I'm wearing my V-neck shirt tonight. Okay. It's nice to see neither of you have melted in the heat. Now it's absolutely ridiculously hot out there. We have a guest today, John Willis. How do you pronounce it, is it machoglupa like surround sound. Mr. DevOps. So he should joining us soon. Reach out to him. So let's go ahead and start off with some News and a stupid surprise, baboon brass news. So, any excuse. I got cloud service. just like blowed away. Okay Hoop what do you got for us? Why NewsGator GIO. NewsGator. NewsGator for Hooper. Yes, news. News from the CAO's perspective. Amazon homage. I think this is huge news. Cloud is a problem when you don't have contingency. Cloud is difficult to build contingency because you don't own the asset so what to do. So its got people thinking about it you know how can we do a better job and understanding what's going on behind the cloud front. And it is starting to beg the question, is this time that cloud providers open up and disclose some of their IT systems and how things are put together? Taking a quote from an article on CNet, it says, this strengthens the argument for cloud providers like Amazon to fully disclose their IT systems to either their customers or independent third party for assessment, testing, and inspection. As Yale academic Brian Ford has argued in his academic paper, "Icebergs in the clouds: the other risks of cloud computing" (and I'll put a link to the pdf in the show notes). This pdf is really good actually. It talks a lot about service warranty. And what we need to do to really evaluate a cloud provider's capabilities in providing us the warranty. The basic question here is, "is cloud " - I guess we have talked about it because we view it as a threat to IT, but do things like this help us to view More of a partner. I don't think I've ever seen those as a threat to IT, that would just be my perspective. And I would say that you did. To me, it's a, It is a form of outsourcing right, so I mean there are jobs displaced when you buy a Cloud technology. So, yeah I think it's a complete threat to IT. As we understand IT from 2010, so I agree with Matt Lupa. You know I just see it as part of the evolution of IT, I don't think it's part of a revolution, I don't think that's happening. Come on, Hooper said it was a threat and evolution is a threat, evolution is a threat, it's a threat to people who didn't evolve. Natural selection isn't pleasant for everyone. Oh, okay. Yes, I think I agree I just have a different perspective than maybe the. No, no you have an evolved perspective You have to stop being so smart. What I found interesting about this, I'm getting phone call during the Podcast. might be John Willis. Give it a shot. Shall we pick it up? All right, you guys carry on with the news while I take the call. Whoever it is, let's bring him on the show. Hello? What if it is someone else. It is kind of interesting. We struggled with this with Service Now. For the first three to five years, they didn't publish anything. In fact, you couldn't even tell the way their data centers were. Or dater centers, if I was saying it with a Boston accent. But now they've got some bigger customers and the customers are starting to demand, where are they, what are we going to do when this goes down? It's business-critical service. I think, or at least IT anyway. And so people need to have the fail order plan and they need to understand that if this thing's going to fail, what are your backup options? I need to know what's supporting those three nines or four nines, and give us some real some real capability to not fail if half of the country is off. Part of that though, you're starting to deal with with that level of transparency are they putting themselves at a risk of losing a technical advantage. Definitely. The higher the transparency the easier would be, let's say they chose New York and L.A., then the people in the middle of the country would be going to get posed for bandwidth because you're further distance away, and maybe another provider chooses Minneapolis and the UK. And so then People in those locations are saying, well that makes sense to do that. It's sort of like you need to look at from both a co-location and a cloud service per se but I think the real point of the story, from Amazon's perspective anyway, is that this needs to be a cloud standard that we agree upon and that people can in this has some cloud standards and I'll put a link in the show notes to that. But this situation's different, right, because Amazon's had outages before, and this outage was caused by some of the storms that were coming up the east coast back last Friday. So, you know, they have some outages that were weather driven and whatever. Failure's going to happen. But the problem here is that this is a pretty big outage for them. I mean, it was substantial and lasted hours in duration. It started some time on the 29th of June and carried over to about the first of July for some folks. And a lot of that was, because they didn't understand the relationship between their assets. The root cause, from what they're saying, is it has something to do with what's called the elastic load balance or ELB's. The way that Amazon's architecture is, you have these things called EC2's which virtual serversRDS , which is your database layer. You can put ELBs in between there so things can fail over and they can scale out and you could be on different virtual platforms at any period of time. There was a bug in their software that didn't allow this to fail over correctly, dependencies weren't mapped appropriately. Traditionally in ITA, I think we understand this, we understand what fail over testing is all about. We understand about availability and high availability point of failure risk analysis, is something we understand well. So if we're going to give these services over to a cloud provider, is it okay for me to ask the questions? What is your algorithm for failing over? What is your validation to. But did we ever ask those questions to the people we hired to manage our data centers when we had them internal? I think it was more common. I did. Sometimes they did. Well, you did. You're exceptional. But again, let's not get too hung up the fact that it's a Cloud outage it's still a human error and that human could have been in our office or some place else. Well it's easier to write a check. Is this outage a red herring for not asking for the right types of redundancies, regardless of who you're getting them for. Well it's like Google says, everything fails at scale. Is it possible to test, like how - You're a quote a minute today. What's that? You're a quote a minute today. well you know you can't test for every possible scenario right and so this something that been Amazon and reality is... you know have they rallied around it and repaired it, the question I always ask is better than I could have, had it been me. Yeah. Unless I am a significantly large and just drenched in money organization I'm not not going to be able to have the use forces to. Hm let's think about significantly large, drenched in money, organizations. The elephant in the room. Facebook had gone down because of it. Netflix did! And Netflix is most people's Facebook. I thought people losing their mind because they couldn't use the toaster filter for too well I mean I think do you use a Instragram helper. I have Instragram. do you? Do you use it? i use it to watch my kids. Do you? Alright I've got another phone call coming in, it might be chance. Keep going with the News. So I think some of the bigger news reading well lately as watching the tech markets it could be that we are past the market bubble. Tech stocks are not doing so hot, as you Noticed over the past few weeks, it looks like it could be heading to a continued downturn, or an adjustment, how the "money-folks" call it. I guess it's a wait and see for some of those market trends, but we definitely are on the Downward side of this bubble in my opinion from where we were in the Spring. Best Buy announced today that they're laying off six-hundred and fifty Geek Squad employees. And look at their market presence all together. They've just got issues all around. But what's interesting to me Is service now just went to our ITO obviously I'm focused because that's what I work with everyday. It's interesting because, number one it wasn't very well pronounced. I worked with a lot of people that work with servers all the time and no one even mentioned it really. Steven Mann was actually the only person that I caught that was actually paying attention to the financial aspects of service now. And It's interesting read how people view everything past Facebook now, like every body was saying in the post Facebook IPO world how are tech stocks going to do and how aren't they doing and I think that maybe drove some of the downward trend in the financial market was the Facebook IPO thing. But I don't know, it almost feels like that's going to be our saving grace. That it's going to stop it from getting so big that we all lose our jobs in one fell swoop. Yeah, but you know what, there's a big difference It's in between service now, and Facebook. And the thing is, Facebook didn't really ever have a solid monitization strategy they simply have momento they were just too big to fail right, where service now is proving themselves to to be a viable entity in the enterprise they continue to sell. They have a clear and present sales and marketing strategy B. Right. It's a business. They brought in a whole Yeah, they've brought in a whole new team; it was a natural of what you've seen tech companies do. It's the type of progression you look at most - from start-up to mature operation. They've walked the progression. Right. You know, they've been around for seven, eight years, so this is a completely different circumstance. I think it's doing good. It's still up, right? Thirty or forty percent from there. Yes, but do you think that Facebook is going to save us from another DotCom burst because of this downward trend now? The tech markets that I'm talking about in particular are your IBMs, your Microsofts, your Oracles, I mean everything's down right now. It's down percentage wise it's anything from four and a half to, you know, twelve percent, I mean, it's pretty significant dips from the highs of four months ago, so, you know those are your kind of latest options look at it as a benchmark right for or more enterprise technology service now coming out at this point is good for them, I think, are different, uh they're and what people who own stocks in those enterprise platforms want to reinvest in something similar to a space that they know. This is a good place for them to find their money. You know, So I think from a Facebook perspective, overall this probably is a consumer side of tech bubble that will that will continue to reset itself from a market standpoint, but I think that's probably ineffective and not so much the start price of Facebook, I really think it's going the position prices, the Instagram purchases, the Yammer purchases, the Skype purchases that we've been seeing, There was a day when you didn't pay over a hundred million dollars for software companies, and now the price is a billion dollars? Yeah. And, I think that's a bit unrealistic, you know, was Instagram really worth a billion dollars? II can't see anybody justifying that that's the case, and when Facebook took the 10% or more tumble, or what is it now twenty-five percent tumble. I think they've lost more. They've lost value. They paid 1% of their cap for Instagram. I don't get it. I get it- they paid one percent of their cap to be relevant. They paid the same amount that Microsoft did for Yammer. We talked about this last time. I don't think anyone realizes how crazy relevance and how expensive it has become. Yeah. I think Yammer It was a better purchase than Instagram though. It depends about what they do with the Empire. Well, yeah. I mean someone's saying, are they going to make it Microsoft Sharepoint mobile social platform. You have to step back though and realize that these are completely sell jobs from the lawyers, the brokers, and all the people who really make conditions on these huge transactions. Because if Microsoft didn't buy Yammer, you gonna tell me that they're gonna be more relevant in six months now because they bought Yammer without buying Yammer? They're not. In a year and a half from now. Say that one more time? In six months from now, Microsoft would not be anymore relevant with not any relevant with Yammer then without Yammer. And in a year and a half they could have paid less for Yammer because by then their would have been 15 other Yammer competitors out there. So, the reality is, it wasn't a transaction of necessity, it was a transaction of fear. Male 1: pressure and timing. Male 2 :Well, all transactions, are transactions of fear. Male 1:Sure. Male2: You buy a house because you're afraid your family is gonna think you're not as mature as you said you were now that it has been two years after the marriage. No one actually buys anything out of shire shrewd planning. That's a type of thinking that doesn't exist in humanity any longer. I do think it was a brilliant purchase for the sheer perception of, Hey we care. I think if it was a me too purchase. Again, we have talked about this on the show a hundred times before, maybe, i feel like we have because I pay attention. But, you know, Oracle pivoted social enterprise, Salesforce pivoted social enterprise. Biggest social software author, IBM. There's not an organization on the planet. ServiceNow has Live Feed. Everybody is racing towards how do we get people to collaborate? Now that people are just collaborating differently. if you put point is and maybe it's because I'm out taking phone calls trying to get John Willis on the show live. If your point is, did it actually do anything real for them? You know, perception is a big deal, I mean Microsoft in my opinion has to really look at a scary future of their licensing remuneration, of their original how they license stuff. They just dropped Windows 8 from the $300 I paid for Windows 7, to $40. Yes, isn't that insane? So, again, I think if you're in IT, if you're in service management, you should be watching these purchases, you should be watching these decisions, you should be saying to yourself: I am in a position to lead my organization toward better decisions because I understand how the cloud outage affected it. I understand, from listening to this podcast, types of information I should be bringing to my organization. I understand from watching Microsoft buy these technologies, from watching Facebook buying these technologies, I should be focused on mobile only. go back to the podcast two years ago, mobile only. Right? Again, but are people doing it? We are in a race against time. And I would say it used to be all about vanity. It was all about saving and looking important. You're now in a race to be relevant so you can feed yourself. Yeah. Right. Right. Well you know, this is a continual change of attitude, right? From where we were and IT even five years ago. It goes well to the tweet that I saw from Shane Carlson. Say a guest first saw this too about HR. Yeah. It's not just IT that doesn't plan itself not to be a strategic partner with the business. The article was pretty funny, I mean I read it and I said you could completely put HR and just take out HR and put IT here, and I think this a common feeling amongst most IT measures. I'll read from the article for just a real quick second. It says that every action you take as a, I'll put what it really says here, HR every action you take as an HR leader, ask a simple question, does it cause friction in the business or does it create flow. Friction is anything that makes it more difficult people in critical roles to win with the customer. Flow on the other hand is doing everything possible to remove barriers to promote better performance. The question applies to virtually any company and any business that will take you farther down the road faster than the hazy, abstract injunction to become a strategic partner. Even in what appeared to In routine HR responsibilities you can inject the business prospectus simply by asking, whether what you are doing is going enhance the flow of the business, or impede it with friction. why is it so difficult to inject the business prospective because HR leaders we feel ourselves to be near the pimple of the organization the organization reports to us it must meet on to for information, documents, and numbers. Boy, I thought IT had a problem. But, I think this is common feeling inside of IT. They want data, they want information, they're going to have to come to us. We're gonna put in command and control to make sure things are protected and things are governed and a lot of the times it's more friction than it is flow, right? Yeah. Look at any ERP system ever. It's always friction, that ain't flow. Speaking of friction and flow, what a way to introduce someone. I'm an idiot, I admit it. Oh, no, you're DevOps, we have you on because you're agile. Welcome, twenty minutes into the show. Yeah. You missed the scumm meeting, I hope you got everything done from yesterday. Yeah, right. Well, I was in the thing and I thought I was on and I was yelling because I was listening to your conversation about the people yell out. Can I go back on one point that you guys were making about the outage now that I'm here? Well can we introduce you? Sure, that'd be good. Why don't you introduce yourself, because you're a much heralded major player in the world of IT and everything that's happening now. Well, thank you I just went from idiot to like miracle worker, so, my name is John Willis, I'm the VP you have customer service enabling. We have the company called Enstratus. I've been doing IT for thirty years, I probably more recently have been heavily involved in this DevOps movement really rocked right from the ground floor. I consider myself kind of part of the tribe that promotes DevOps for all the right reasons and that's about it. We'll talk about all the right reasons in a minute. Welcome. Is this your first live to YouTube hangout? It is, as you can obviously tell, that's right. So, I I'm a big fan. You and Kote had me on your show about two years ago and this show wouldn't exist without you two. So, in some ways you birthed me, how does that make you feel? That's great, that's great. Actually there's a few out there Bert, there's the chef food fight guys they give me credit for sparking them to start their excellent chef podcast as well. Yeah, and congratulations on the weight loss, by the way. Oh, thank you very much, thank you very much. Talk to us a little about your view on the outage because I think some of it should be good. The point I want to make is I do wanna talk about data loss but it's all interrelated. Ben Black says, "You own your own availability." And so one of the things that I think that the cloud has pushed on us is that there is some magic secret syrup here, where you don't have to rethink. You know, what the Klout is, it lose the barrier to entry owning a data center. At the end of the day, you still have a business and you still have a data center. and so it gets tricky at the high end because a lot of things you give up. But, I heard someone in that conversation talking about did we do this before in data centres the good ones did. The good ones had, unfortunately it was a lot more expensive, a lot more complicated but they built high availability DR infrastructures. Some of them had mirrored hidden data centers. Some of them just brought a bunch of tapes over to another building which never worked. But at the end of the day end of the day, the misnomer or the fallacy of Cloud is that you don't need that stuff anymore, and again, take Cloud for what it's good at which is a familiar infrastructure, easy to get, you don't have to rack and stack but the people who think they're getting a cloud at a bargain basement price I used to stop thinking abut how to run the business and make your business; you know the good ones I haven't read the Netflix review yet, but you know the past major outages, you know, the good ones know how to go around this and you know because we spent a lot of money on people. Let's figure out how to get around this. And I see that was my point to Hooper was it doesn't matter where my servers are, it's the people who I hired. Exactly. Yes, questions you ask and you time you really focus on what matters. But where in the NIST standard does it say that the people you hired this way. Oh, that's Idol page, you know, not so much; yeah, yeah. No, that's in the HR article, isn't it? And that other point about like the I'm not a big I mean I love standards, but when do they really, really, really, really, really work? And I think NIST has set some great foundational stuff, but this idea that we're going to get out of this battle, this thing that's moving so fast and so crazy, that the idea of people are just staying around trying to put Dander's on you know, how many colons should go here. How many commas after this phrase. The world has to be very adaptive right now you can do more with something like chess. Did your house tilt in an earth quake John, cause you look crooked. Oh yeah I am kind of I've never watched it - a lot of live videos. I've watched John before and he tells us when he thinks, he's really really really left brained. You've got to get the blood flowing. That's right, it's a new exercise technique. Last week we did a dramatic reading where I read, Did you notice Gross put in dramatic reading music. I listen to the show. Yeah, of course you don't . You don't even run a company, as far as I'm concerned. So I see has become and idiot and brilliant in the same sentence. So we did a dramatic reading of the Wikipedia article DevOps. So I would like a John dramatic interpretation of DevOps. Yeah, you know, I think the simplest starting point is, I've always said it was Adam Jacobs. DevOps is a professional and cultural movement, period. But I think David J. Anderson who's one of the KanBan Frontier guys. I read something of his where he talks more about it being a philosophy. And I think when we look back at the old lean stuff, we see that they talk more about it being a philosophy than anything else. But beyond that and those are cheap definitions but the reason I always like this post to start for them first is it's like anything that has this danger being a fad, which DevOps is definitely a fad right now. And that's a good thing, bad thing. Yeah. But you want to always be able to draw back to some kind of a solid ground, you know? Which is, really let's not forget the cultural aspect of DevOps. It has a lot to do with why this movement is so great. Then the vendors try to take over, and you know, that's just a game. They are. I mean, I've seen vendors with complete marketing programs around 'they enable DevOps'. Of course they do. Yeah. You 're going to see expert speakers show up from all these vendors. I can see then now. Yeah. They do that with Cloud, too. They did that with Cloud and they're still doing it with Cloud. I tell the story, it's just like the stars. They spend their whole life trying to get on camera and getting pictures taken of them and the minute they become famous they start complaining about everybody taking picture of them. Well, if you're in a movement and you're pushing really hard for adoption -- you know, Damon Edwards says you can't complain about who adopts you, you know? That's why I'm all for foster parenting. Yeah, you are. That's right. So, to me I think that one of the things that's probably not in that Wikipedia article, I haven't looked at in a while but me and Damon Edwards a few years ago started this idea, it was after the first DevOps days in the U.S. They had run a couple in Europe and we kinda helped through Velocity and through Damon and myself and a bunch of other people. Tried to get the first days out in Mountainview and it was amazing to see like 300 people show up on a dime and all these people be unbelievably passionate about. One of the things I love about DevOps is you can criticize or not, but most people when I explain it to them, you explain it very simply and it will represent complex ideas and nine or ten will get it from the first explanation you know and it was three hundred people that showed up it kind of got on the first explanation. And after that we did a podcast and we tried to just sift through all the craziness that happened, the the kind of birth of DevOps in our mind and we came out with this acronym called CAMS, culture, automation, measurement and sharing and we just tried to put not to really try to change the world or say hey this is - I like that. So could you break it down for us, culture, automation - Yeah, so culture If you don't get this magic that is DevOps, which I'm drinking the Kool-aid obviously, but none of it works. You are braking few walls in a giant red suit. That's it, but none of it works unless you know... if you nail the behavior patterns that make it work. So you know and some of it is magic, some it is actually black magic but some of it is just you know, there are people like you look at a guy like John Osvar everywhere he goes. He works at Etsy now, he was at Flicker. Where he goes, culture follows. And so culture The misnomer about, the things I don't like about DevOps are the people who say, put in this tool in your DevOps. Now anybody who knows what - That sounds a lot like ITIL. I've heard this before. Well, it is. Well, I do actually wanna talk about iTunes and Hold that thought, before you guys explode and blow up here I'm gonna look for you guys, I wanna give you a couple of my theories, and and you guys either break then down or tell me I'm back to being an idiot and throw me off the show. We don't want to split hairs. There you go. now that's tooling for you. I know how to work a tool. There you go, it's all about the tools. That's the problem with DevOps is there's alot of this Like we're kind of not worrying about, so anyway, cams, I would say if you can't get the culture right, then don't bother putting anything in shaft or puppet, you know that stuff. I mean, I know you guys know this, but, unfortunately, right now in the Devops movement we are very tools-heavy on the conversation. In fact ways it's a fear of mine that DevOps might just become another fad. You know, where our correct gravity is, way too much towards the tools. The companies that have been successful, the poster child's for DevOp commerce will tell you first. it was all about their culture. You know it's all fun and games until you see a headline that reads: DevOps as a service. Right, there you go right? And you know it's at Velocity, I was at Velocity and one of the keynotes was done by Facebook. You can hate Facebook or love Facebook it doesn't matter to me but Facebook's presentation was... the title of the presentation was a question. How do you get to a billion users? And the whole presentation was about their culture and how they and focus on a culture, how they train managers. You know, it's every part of the DNA. And you know what, the Twit stream, was extremely negative. about their presentation, like as if it was one big old job posting or why didn't you talk about the cool technology? And this is velocity, where are you guys supposed to get it? Web operations. Velocity's twitter stream was blowing up, the fact that Facebook came to talk about it, but again if you've got a presentation like the one you're describing. You've got a bunch of people who supposedly espouse cultural change then being negative about it. Did you every really understand the word culture to begin with. I think i've become a big fan of Elliot Goldratt, the original Gold. Yeah we had him on last week. Oh there you go yeah well that's pretty magical cause he's been dead for about a year I think. That's why I said nobody. You guys are awesome man. I try Hey when I die can you bring me back John? Hold hands, we'll light some candles. We'll do the John Willis, two puck for Yeah. I think I'll be really smart once I'm fed. I think I'll come up with then for sure. You want to stick to the point though? You said culture 'cause the reality is that DevOps every cultural organization. I don't want it. Yeah and isn't that why DevOps be successful because out of the gate you're saying this isn't going to work for everybody, so we're going to make it a little bit more prescriptive for the people who are, right? Yeah, I And somebody said to me the other day, and I want to fight this from my core, but you can't ever work unless you it needs for different leadership. And unfortunately, you know, there's just a lot of bad leadership out there. And I gotta believe there are half There are small examples of hacks that work. But you're right, I mean the problem with - I did this gig with a large telco about a year ago and there was a DevOps workshop and their culture is so static. They got ELA's with large vendors that you have to get fourth level approval to get any other product that is a part of the single vent to ELA, right? John, who are you watching that you think is really a espousing, if I can just coin a term that probably has been used. Who's culture hacking? It's actually not enough people. There are people that are very focused on the culture of their business, but there aren't a lot like if you look at somebody like John Allspaw from Etsy. He's a poster child for doing things right. don't show up at presentations and what not, but the truth is lot of people don't--just like the velocity crowd--they don't want to hear the soft stuff. They want to hear, because Etsy is also doing phenomenal stuff with tools. Yeah. And the noise level, even though, again, I'm not accusing them of this, but the noise level of what you'll hear at Etsy is more about tools. And here's the point I want to make about Eliyahu Goldratt. Eliyahu Goldratt has a book called "Beyond the Goal" and he talks about why MRP failed, why ERP failed, why ecommerce failed, and what happens is, the early adapters - That sounds like a thrilling book. Yeah, well it's "Beyond the Goal", but he ties it to the theory of constraints. But more importantly, he says that the early companies get involved in this stuff for reasons pretty much not seen by all the people who copied it. Right. Right, and what you wind it up seeing and I'm watching this in DevOps now, you're looking at the earlier companies that got it all right on their culture. And then people are coupling basically their tool sets. And I think, there's a great quote from the father of Toyota production systems, Ohno Tiachi he says that, you know they asked him, "Aren't you afraid of bringing in American companies and looking at your process and all that?" And he said, "You know what they can copy our process but they can't copy our culture." And I think my fear is that DevOps, we're not focusing on enough on the culture hacking. And I try to because as more and more people move away from Why don't you start tweeting, everything would just a pound sign culture hack. Okay that sounds cool. Dex, you know, one IT fails is great but let's focus on a culture hack, because I've got to be honest with you John, I've only been on this show, I was on a show with you and Kote once this trippy thing for three years now with these two clowns. Which he threw under the bus when he was on your show, John. I remember the show. I am so sick it was a damn good show, I am so sick and tired of people saying culture! culture! culture! to me it's a red state/blue state Red herring, for I don't understand. I can't even swear, because we are live. But I don't understand crap, right? So I am going to use, the word culture is more buzzy. in fatish then DevOps Culture to me is a nice way of saying I'm afraid of people, and I won't want to get over being afraid of people. And be honest and open with where I am in not only my own development, but the development of the organization, the development of my industry and the development of the humans and touch everyday. But you can't. Because you're afraid if you actually were out there and you say "we suck at this", someones gonna step on you and you're gonna lose your job, and you've got a family to So I think, if Culture & DevOps and corporate hacking want to get real and get fierce, we need to be ready to say, "If you stand up, we'll help you get another job". Of course. Because hacking means disruption. I agree. I totally, and you know, I hadn't even thought of this, it's funny but there's this guy Spike Morelli and he's kind of big in DevOps in Europe. Before we did the open spaces at the DevOps days and he wanted to prove a point I actually disagreed with him and he proved me wrong. He said that we should stop using, you know, C and cams because nobody cares about the culture, and I'm like, naw, that's not true Spike. And he said, watch this. So he proposed an open spaces on culture and out of, for the two days there were probably 50 sessions proposed and probably 47 of them were tools days, 3 of them were culture. And in fact, He said that there was a big DevOps presentation. I think this is directly, that you can, it's easy. Most of these people are men, and men are obsessed with tools. I mean let's just look at this at a biological level. But again, if you go back and you start piercing, you look at these companies that are successful They get it, and everybody else is trying to copy the wrong things. What my experience has been is that people with tools for IT folks. It's very easy. Because if it fails, you work within the constraints of the tool. It's the vendor's fault. But if it's culture, the only way that we know how to change culture in IT is to change policy. Mandate. That is not how you change culture. That's right. You can look at some of the I could show you a hundred different presentations from the last 30 ITSM conferences I've been at, and I can point to where it says, policy, procedure the process, work instructions, this is how we change our culture and every time I go, "Oh my god that's completely not how you change your culture." Well, you know how that works. That works at FoxCon. And you know what the FoxCon culture does to people? It kills them. They kill themselves. Yeah, it works in Auschwitz. Right? If you're killing yourself at work, if you're jumping out of those because you've got so much process to put together for the next iPad, maybe the suicide rate is a cultural indicator at this company. Yeah, I mean if you look at the places that are getting it right, and again, Facebook says it right out blatant: "There's no other way to get to a billion users than managing culture." They just can't do it. I mean, that was their, you know, their presentation and I spoke to the guy that runs operations late at the bar. And he was saying like, "We got some pushback on our presentation." You've got to be kidding me? It was a beautiful story. So, the problem is, the guys that, back to your original question, Chris, like how do you do it, who are talking about it. There's nobody exposing the strength of it. If you look at, like, what the Facebook has done, or you look at what Etsy is doing, there's a handful of really interesting companies that are building a lot of types of things in their company, and I think it starts with people having fun, having smiles on their face. There's a guy, there's a guy that did this thing where every day he made all the people, and this may sound silly but wait until you listen to the end of it. At the end of the day he made everybody put, he called it the smiley board face. At the end of the day he made everybody write one of three faces: a smiley face, a blase face, or an angry face. And at the end of every sprint they actually brought it up in the retrospective and tried to correlate some of the bugs. There are companies that run hack days right, this is famous at places like Facebook, where they build into the time, this idea that, some companies as aggressive as every Friday One of our - we have a show in Europe and a show in Australia - but one of the podcast members over in Europe As Patrick Boulder from Hornville. Do you know what they did the other day? You would love this. So, they decided to have an innovation day, kind of like you' re describing. Right. But they broadcast it on all the Social channels so their customers could chime in. Yeah. Not only had an innovation day internally, they made it exposed. So, go to their Google page. I thought to myself that's pretty dangerous. It's transparent, it speaks for the culture. I don't know. There was a company One of the companies I was talking to over the last week, you know last week was pretty much the Mecca for guys that are dev ops. You've got Velocity, and then You have DevOps days for all the people from Logic Motors. One guy was saying that they do their stand-ups, they invite their customers to the stand-ups. That do about being bold. But the point I wanted to make about the having fun is I mean one of the mantras now in DevOps community is if you don't work for a company where you're not having fun and you're not learning stuff, you're not doing something? I don't know if anybody's aware of this, there's like a war for resources right now. Right. Yeah. I mean a war. That 's a lot of talent. There's an all out war for talent. Yeah. And I think that's where people need to be a little bit more brave about being bold at where they work. I'm constantly reminded about allocating my time and fitting into this mold, but I will constantly do what I need to do to have fun. Yeah . So if you're part of that pool which most people who would listen to this show or listen to anything I would have to say would be part of that pool. If you're not having fun, you know, and management. That's another thing why I think in someways this has to succeed because people will lose there employees because they're not doing new technologies and fun stuff. They'll also lose places when they go and hear the attitude of some of these people that are running what I call a DevOps shop, but the model of a DevOps environment. Wow, that sounds like a great place to work. I had this thing with John Aspaugh, this was a great session that we had. Basically, it was an open space session, and it says "Is it ever okay to fire an employee for making a mistake?". And it was a heavy DevOps crowd, so the answer basically across the board, there was maybe one or two people who basically said, it's a horrible say blah blah blah blah blah if it's a banker. If no ones dead there's no mistake that horrible. So then I ask the question. And the obvious reason for not doing that is you don't want to set a tone of the culture. Where you don't want your people to experiment and try things and be bold. The first time someone tries. You tell your boys, "Be Bold." Be bold, be bold. Then you try something and you're fired. So then I asked the question, what about the second time they make the same mistake? Do you fire him then? No. And the answer was no. Now I asked, okay, what about the third time for the same mistake? And his answer was no And I was like, okay, gotta put the T time, C sign up, John, You know, we're. But there's the thing, we kinda ended the session with this, agree to disagree which is weird, because I never disagree with this guy. You know what I mean? Almost everything he talks about is. So is this relief that you just ever fire somebody that they just continually make the same mistake over and over again. Well, here's the point. In the hallway, I went up to him, and I'm like, "John, this is bugging the hell out of me." And that point, I had half the room on my side, right, and not that I was trying to win an argument, but at one point I said, "Am I the only one - When you're keeping track of the room, you're trying to win an argument. Yeah, yeah, that's true. That's true. Okay, so, but anyway so I won half the room. Just take it from someone who constantly tries to win arguments. Okay fair enough. Fair enough but so then I grabbed him in the hallway and then he gave me the example, and this is how core these guys think in culture. He said, "Here's the thing I was trying to explain and we really couldn't get it." You know how in open spaces, everybody's kind of interrupting, and that's just the nature of the beast. But he said, "Here's the thing. In my world, the way this works is somebody makes a mistake, they go out and they figure out what the mistake was. In a retrospective, they go ahead, and they basically explain their mistake to the whole team. And then the team decides how to fix it." And then, if it happens again, so what his point was then they go through that same process and the team decides. So the team says, "Okay. The answer is we didn't do this right so we need to do this and this." And then it turns out the next time that outside. So even when you get to third time, his point was, it's always the team's responsibility. That's beautiful. Now, I don't know how far you can take that, but that is a protection mechanism of culture over anything else. Right? There is a hyper protection measure over culture, over anything else. Right. Because you know in your success that that is the culture that protecting this behavior pattern, or the culture of being bold and be brave will be protected almost any, in almost any scenario. Well, I have a lot of people who question my motives behind a lot of the things that I do. I think Hooper and Beran know me better than anyone on even though they don't spend a lot of time with me. But the culture you're describing there is very similar to what I think we all do, right? So I work inside with my team at my company.then work within side my company but I focused a lot of my time focusing on my net work. Alright. So I work for more for than just my current company, I work for my net work. I think to protect that culture that you're talking about it goes back to this idea of king making. I have to always enable everyone around me, no matter how many mistakes I made to be bigger and better than themselves. 'Cause ultimately, I can't defend myself. But the people around me can. Right. Right? So, if I actually am altruistic enough to leverage the people I trust with my reputation. I never have to worry about making a mistake again. It's all about growing and learning. And if people on your team are growing and learning through mistakes, then you're growing and learning. That's the definition of culture. Yeah. You're one big organism. Look back to tribes. Speaking of one big, unnatural organism. Hold on tribe-head. We gotta get to his comments on ITIL. Yeah, there we go. Stevie Chambers just having a melt down. All right. We're a live show, we try to watch it all, we've got boards over so when you have got time every body serious with you they calm down but so here let me say this for but let me get both of these out because this first one might you know then i will get caught up on that because i want to say this good message bad message ITIL. Nothing really bad. All right, so I want to say I'm both, and then let's discuss it, if that's fair. So the thing I always say I think that. And I've got some ITIL tops. Not as recent, but back in the day. Back in the early days, you know, I worked for problem management. vendor, problem change. I worked a lot with IBM, when they were originally pushing, back when they actually used have vendors certified, which is kind of silly in the space a little bit. So what I say in the DevOps thing, I think is that ITIL is about putting process over people and DevOps is basically about putting people over a process. So when you hit a fork in the road at DevOps, it's always gonna be kind of the people or the culture of the things that work. And the beauty of ITIL was, in my opinion, was that there was a world that had no clue of what it was doing. And then we could argue whether they still do our not, but what ITIL brought to this world was, not perfection, but at least a template for the way that things could be done. But that's the negative point, if that's negative. The positive point is that I personally believe, and I think Ben Rockwood, if you don't follow him, is a firm believer of this. I think that there is a world where ITIL and DevOps will work beautiful. and it's kind of like again if you guys don't follow TOC but you know there's examples of theory. I think Hooper does TOC stuff. Yeah. I taught TOC Troy Dumoulin. There's a good book, it's called Velocity. It's combining Lean Six Sigma and theory of constraints. And the story is basically companies been running a theory constraints and TOC for years. I mean Lean Six Sigma guys come in and rake everything up, smack everything around and the whole thing turns into a mess and the end story is that what they should have done is still filed to your constraint and apply Lean Six Sigma on top of the bottlenecks and, you know, and then focused in on bottlenecks and then went ahead and then applied the institute. And so I think what we're going to find is this, you're going to be a really nice marriage if we figure out that story. But how to apply, we already see examples of it in some ways. But I think thatare correct. The question is going to be figuring out how do they both live, where they're kind of, by my definition, in conflict. Well, I think I want Hooper to answer that 'cause he teaches and he's actually gonna start up and I think that would be very interesting. Beran definitely. But they're in conflict, I believe. Because one begot the other. You couldn't have people over process if you didn't have something that was process over people. To me it's the same thing as just what we talked about from that HR article, right? ITIL to me is about constraint. DevOps to me is about flow. Right. So ITIL is about protection and about preservation, and where DevOps is about action and innovation. Right. So they're coming about it from a different outcome. And that's what I said earlier I think culturally recognizing that DevOps is not for everybody. Listen, do I want DevOps for my bank? Do I want DevOps for the airplane shop for programmers? I don't know that I do. But do I want it for my startup? Absolutely. Do I want it for my social media company and do I want it for my consumer software? Absolutely. I think it just comes down to certain aspects of how fast you want to move, and what levels of risk, and what kind of culture you are building. Do you see first the whole idea of continuous service improving 'cause you can't focus on a constraint and fix it without another one arising. So again, I think if we just, I mean John raised a very straightforward question. How do they exist? What does it look like together in the future? I truly believe that that's, you know, trying to figure out what that looks like it probably is a nice way to spend time that I don't have, when I could just say that they're going to exist, because they can't exist without each other now. You can't have those three people from Crypton who got banished by Jor-El's father there. The big, tall, goofy guy would have been a bad movie. on his own. The Chick with The Bad Attitude would have been a horrific movie on her own, and Zod by himself is just stupid. Right? So what does that movie look like with them all three together? I think building toward a future where they just coexist, not trying to figure out what it looks like or who controls it. I mean worrying about what things are, to me, is almost as bad as worrying about what tools make them happen. We almost need a new movement where it's the theory of acceptance. I'm breathing, and everything will be okay. Well that's the thing, again going back to being a Goldratt nut right now is that all his discussions are about these conflicts that get figured out. You know, there's, you know he talks a lot about They don't have a choice, continual service improvement is not choice. It's a force of nature. That's right. That's right. Now one thing I did want to say is that, I do think, I honestly, I'm so in the Kool-Aid that I do think that fighter pilots and planes and banks and all that. I think that we're gonna find is that when we get people to work in a culture that we're going to find that we make less mistakes. We're going to find that we get more productivity. Personally I'm not rejecting your opinion. But I don't personally accept that. I'm not saying we've figured it out, anywhere as near. But if we can figure it out, and learn how to transform what these companies like Etsy and Facebook are doing to banks that I think we will find higher productivity and quality. I completely I think I agree with you to meet transforming banks to act and Hooper's back to the points about banks and aeroplanes and you want them to have that maturity. You want them to focus on these types of decision making. You don't want them to focus on being innovative. Well, I want them to focus on risk and I want them to focus on constraint. You know, I want the productivity levels high. And to me, I was listening to him say, John, and I was thinking to myself, "That's interesting. Well, what happens if I'd rather fly on a less safe plane that's more exciting, than on a really terribly boring plane that's slower." Which it would be? What happens if I don't value my current state and I've traded all of my worldly possessions into a way of living and sustaining myself that I really don't care if the bank Well on a more dangerous airplane, maybe you actually get into outer space on. Well, but again, I don't even, I mean, there are, like, a good example is this Bank Simple, right? Which is out in Portland right now. As we're waiting, we talked about that on the podcast a few months ago. Yeah. That thing is radically different. Right, but I'm not even saying that. I'm just saying, I'm not a scientist. I'm just saying, I bet you we will find out that we will get better quality, better control, and better productivity by allowing people to do more freedom to work in environments where they're not interrupted. To work in environments where they're allowed to actually explore their ideas and so in that, and again, I'm not saying and we've got that nutted in DevOps by any means. I'm just saying if we can figure out the patterns that induce that. I think we have figured out the patterns. Again, you know, we like to forget the history very quickly. But there's an interesting TED talk on introverts right now that people told me about over the last few months. And the idea is over the last hundred years, that we've gone from an agricultural society into an industrial society. We force people into cities, which then force people into offices, and now we're forcing people into the open offices. Where we've taken at least 40% of the culture who are natural introverts and made them work in this groupthink, right? Right. And they're not used to functioning like that. Most innovation comes from solitary work. There's a reason I prefer to work at home. It's not 'cause I can't get anything done at work. I can't. We all know that I can't get anything done at work. But, I am affected by people's physical energy of stupidity. I can't be around other people emanating stupidity, it literally sucks the life out of me. That's why he dreams up the contest. That's why he has a Ph.D. cleaning his house. She's actually a masters in Physiology but she cleans his house just your energy your vibe of the smartness. And I hate the fact my house cleaner's from behind me while we're doing this. But John, I mean, to your point, how do we get those back? How do we get these things back? We need to respect the fact that some people. There's a doctor right there. need not to be working like we're working. Right. You know some people, introverts, we don't treat very well anymore and you know this Ted Talk made a brilliant point that, just because you're the most charismatic person, you've got everyone's attention, doesn't mean you're probably the brightest. Yeah, no, that's great. I mean I totally see what you're saying. I don't know how to put that in my brain now. I'm sorry. I'm around smart people now. So you're elevating me. I'm got some of your energy. Well, the conversation is awesome, so that's, but what I, now I'm gonna like when do you write me back? I'm starting to worry about when you're going to kick me off the show now. So, having so much fun. So, no, the thing about Insular it's interesting because I mean there's a certain point I need to look at a tad 'cause there's a certain point you're right. We've got a lot of talkers. You know, I love my Clouterati, but they are some bunch of talkers, right? You know, I mean there's some of them that are dear friends of mine But I saw somewhere the other day where somebody asked a question that was just a fundamental thing you would know if you'd ever used Amazon. It was one of the Clouderattis that didn't know it. And so that is a fear of ours, becoming such social nuts that like the real smart people the people actually like me really that can talk a good game. But we need the people like you, who can talk a good game, because the people who actually know the game are too busy focusing on their body, all right? We need, you know, I don't know. You would think I would know, but I think Hooper is kind of a smart introvert who just happens to dance on the I want to get wild extrovert side. Beran, obviously extroverted, doesn't know a grass skirt from high heels. Wouldn 't take him to a dance, but gosh he's fun to hang out and cheat on my wife with. He's the perfect mistress. When it comes right When it comes right down to it, you know, again we need to be respectful then wreck this whole culture BS that. It's not BS but we need just to be respectful that certain things will work themselves out. We've made drastically horrific mistakes in managing people and how we put them together. And oh, we'll remove the cubes and that will fix all the problems. Well actually no, it made 40% of the people more uncomfortable, and they now can't function. Right? So you know, we could, we could do this for another two hours. It's been amazing, I'd love to have you back on. If you'd be willing. Probably one of the more probably shows. Yeah, I know. I can talk about this. I've been trying to figure out. Chris, I do think, I You know, I know you don't like this wag kinda title but I think it is culture over everything else and the companies that I'm watching become nominally successful for starting this set. I think the plumbing. And what I'm hoping is people don't miss the fundamentals of their plumbing. We can make fun of Facebook all day long, but the way they're building data centers now, and the way their people are, you know they built a data center in 12 months, and then they turn around almost double in size, one in ten months you know and they're all appointed at this presentation was. This is not a fool's problem. This is building a culture where people can move fast, adapt, learn how to work with people. I mean Netflix is a little more militant about their culture, but at least they talk about it up front. They say, "If you're not this kind of person and you're not gonna adapt this, this, and this "Do not come work here." And by the way, if you do and you think you're that kind of person you're not, we are probably going to fire you. And I'm not crazy about that, but it works for them. Because, what they wind up having is people that people that stay there. People just really love this, you know, competitive, being the best of the best. So let's end today's show with each of you give me a cultural hack. So give me a line or two. Wait. Can we ask John where he got that awesome Carlos Santana picture? No. Stevie Ray Vaughn, dude. Aw, my man! Stevie Ray Vaughn yeah. Have you guys ever seen John play? No I never see him play. But if he sounds like SRV, I'm tuning in. I'm the only person alive today that pays attention. Guys, we had this jam at Dev Ops Days. I mean, like if we could do one of your service conferences. We can't have Jan at a service management conference. Oh come on, now. Oh please, these people are too busy looking up things in books. Well it's a lot of recipe books in between songs. It took 12 years to get Ian Clayton to be normal, it took him 10 years to get Paul Wilkinson to be acceptable. Oh. It'll take us. I mean, we are so far, it's just ridiculous. I mean, I follow Stevie Chambers. One, because he's an absolute nut, he is absolutely psychotic. I'm convinced of it. Two, Stevie Chambers did something really brave two years ago. He wrote a blog post and his company came after him, wanting to kill him, fire him and everything else. It was basically come across that line. And I thought at that point regardless of what I think about Stevie Chambers' opinion I need to support the people who are stand up and lay their job on the line to say something really ugly, right? No, it's fine. So, that's my culture hack for the day. If you've got it in you, if you can line up three or four jobs for next week, do something radical at work to push someone else forward. Not some process, not some tool, not some project. Find someone who you think has it in them, lay your job on the line and push them forward.forge , a culture act. Who? Yeah, Dave Ramsey, a motivational speaker, a great leadership company, in his book leadership. He talks about two types of people: Tigers and Koala bears. He says tigers are ones who, they live without fear. They don't worry about their job they belief so much on themselves that they will figure in out right they walk the line all the time they will take the risk who look very cute and cuddly, but actually can kill a human instantly. And people don't realize that about koalas, right? So koalas, they might be quiet, they might be reserved, but yet they're powerful and they're usually doped up. How do you say that. But the thing with it is, koalas, what they gravitate toward and what they The excel app is making tiger shine. They are excellent support, like having an administrative, I had an administrative assistant that is vigilant.a koala and I'm more of ice consumers, more the tiger, I take risks. I would not have been successful. I think you're more of a cougar than being a trade show host. Yeah. Oh, whatever. Right. All right. Beran, culture hacks. I tweeted it this week. If you need a tool for something and you've got the ability to use it, just use it we needed a defect tracking tool at our work recently, and we didn't have one so I built one and just started you sing it and sent it to the senior leadership and says, "Look, this is what I'm doing. I think that's a good way to push innovation." Yes and I know I am talking about tools but you can apply that level. So if you think that something is right, and it's working for you, just do it. I think that's one of the best. And what is the, say Frank say? FILDI? F it, let's do it. Yeah, you're my Koala bear. So, I like calling that the do now ask forgiveness later. Yup. I do. That's key. There are certain things that you just have to. Perhaps, John WIllis. I think that the easy ones and then there's my wish list ones. And the easy ones are the ones who are, basically, building slack into the work environment. Which is counter intuitave to most environments. If anything we learn from workflow and all that, that creating slack. Kanban happens to be a good example of a tool, one of many but, that can force slack in the workplace. I think it all boils down to things like hack days and places where you can find innovation through the people's ability to innovate by giving them slack time, and not looking, you know, using kind of efficiency syndromes. On the long-term horizon, after this last week's velocity, and you know, having all these discussions about culture. You know, I want to think more about what are the things that can be measured you know, and now I get into freak science stuff. But other things that we can measure, the soft things we don't even try. We measure everything, but we don't measure that affects our behavior. We suck at it. We don't even really try. And are there things we can do, you know, and something as simple as a smiley face like I talked earlier. But I think we could probably do a better job, and understand what are the things - again, we talk about culture, bad culture, good culture, but is there one person in the environment that creates, like this kind of cascading array of badness. Because every morning they, you know, every other person. It's the person who does reply to all of you. Yeah, that's right. It's just, you know. What the pigments of every tweet as Chris will like to tear people apart for. Now I just hate people who don't use native words re-tweet. You know, we can't, we have to end the show. But, I'll tell you one of the biggest benefits of using native re-tweets. John, do you know the difference between a native re-tweet and a non-native re-tweet? You ever heard this? You probably don't even pay attention. So some people, if you'll ever see some people, they'll retweet something that says like RT. This is attention to Clout score. No, it's got nothing to do with Clout. In your tool, you should get this. In the tool I can go in and say, "Matt Hooper", and I can cover of your profile and say, "Turn off re-tweets." Because my desire on some people I follow is just to see their original thought. I don't want to see you regurgitate the other things I'm following already. Right. If you not natively retweet, I'm forced to see BS. Sorry. Give me Duncan. All right. Cool. Thank you, Mike. Fantastic. All right. So, thank you John Willis. I got something for you. Ready? Yeah . I don't know what that means. Thank you John, we'll have to have you back on very soon. I was the head Kool-Aid. Yeah. I'd love to come back. Next time I'll actually figure out how to get on Google+ and all that good stuff. Dude, there have been people watching you live Right now. This is you're. Hey everybody. No, I think I'm gonna propose that we maybe change the name of ITSM Weekly to Cam's Weekly. Nice. I like that. Nice. Yeah, because once we figure out the culture thing, ten years from now, we can start thermal automation, measurement. Sure. I have a Pinterest board I just created called, A Robot Will Do Your Job. Love it. Where I actually taking all these pictures and I side-by-side them with the human that used to do it and the robot that doesn't know. We've got to be very careful with this automation. Next time on Cam switch John Willis. Can't we just automate the cultural change? We are, it's called fair enough. Okay. So we'll see everybody in two weeks. I'm gonna go ahead and end this broadcast. Talk to you guys soon. See you. Have a good week. Thanks, John. Thanks guys. We'll see you guys. This was ITSM weekly, thank you for listening. For more information about this podcast and ITSM news, go to

8. I choose

  • Published: 2018-02-18T15:50:49+00:00
  • Duration: 104
  • By MindGourmet
I choose

Welcome to MindGourmet’s Happitizers, bite-sized inspiration for you to taste and enjoy on the fly :-) Today’s episode: „I Choose“ I came across this little tool in a yoga class I attended recently where our teacher made us choose different facets of poses. At the end of class she suggested to us to say or think „I choose“ before every decision we make throughout our day, be it big or very small. I can say, the rest of my day was different from how it had started and I was surprised to see how many unconscious choices I make in my life. I choose to eat that granola bar. Really? I choose to stress about about x,y,z. Hm, no actually I don’t want to choose that. I choose to give myself five minutes just for myself. That actually feels good! Try it! Maybe it’s as revealing for you as it has been for me. I’d love to hear back from you. Please let me know about your experiences with „I choose“ by leaving a comment to this video! Nina Always want to know when the next Happitizer comes out? Subscribe to our channel!

9. Solar Storm Forecast 03-30-2015

  • Published: 2015-03-30T15:29:23+00:00
  • Duration: 303
  • By Tamitha Skov
Solar Storm Forecast 03-30-2015

The Sun is giving us some well-deserved rest this week after hitting us with that huge solar storm over Saint Patrick's Day. The unsettling effects of that storm lingered for nearly a week afterwards causing aurora flare-ups and wreaking havoc with the amateur radio bands. Flare activity is remaining low despite numerous active regions on the Earth-facing Sun and we have had very little in the way of solar ejections. However, two large coronal holes are teaming up to give us an extended period of high speed wind over the coming days. This fast wind could bring storm conditions, especially at high latitudes, that could impact GPS and amateur radio operations, but will also bring a good chance for aurora. Learn details of this coming fast wind, catch some stunning aurora pictures from the lingering effects of last week's storm, and see what else the Sun has in store this week. For daily and often hourly updates (during active times) visit me on Twitter: For a more in-depth look at the data and images highlighted in this video see these links below. Aurora Photography: Grant Grieve, Oreti Beach, NZ[email protected]/16676246199 Geir Øye, Ørsta, Norway: Marketa Murray, Fairbanks – Alaska: Madelon Dielen, Iceland, Gullfoss: Jari Kankaanpää, Kauhava, Finland: Dave Patrick, Fregus, Ontario Canada: Solar Imaging and Analysis: SDO: Helioviewer: STEREO-EUVI + SDO-AIA 360° Heliographic Maps: Flare Analysis: Computer Aided CME Tracking CACTUS: GOES Xray: SOHO: Stereo: NOAA Sunspot Classifications: GONG: GONG Magnetic Maps: LMSAL Heliophysics Events HEK Solar Wind: NOAA/SWPC: ACE Solar Wind: Wang-Sheeley-Arge Solar Wind Prediction Model: NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Atmosphere: GOES Magnetometer: Ionosphere D-Region Absorption (DRAP) model: Auroral Oval Ovation Products: POES Auroral Global Maps: Global 3-hr Kp index: Wing Kp index prediction: USGS Ground Magnetometers: USGS Disturbance Storm-Time (Dst): NAIRAS Radiation Storm Model: HAARP Data Meters: Multi-Purpose Space Environment Sites: SOLARHAM: Spaceweather: SOLARIMG: iSWA: Definition of Geomagnetic Storm, Radiation Storm, and Radio Blackout Levels: None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of those who have provided all of this data for public use. Images c/o NASA/ESA/CSA (most notably the superb SDO, SOHO, ACE, STEREO, CCMC, JPL & DSN teams, amazing professionals, hobbyists, institutions, organizations, agencies and amateurs such as those at the USAF/HAARP, NICT, NOAA, USGS, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Intellicast, Catatania,,,,,,, and more. Thanks for making Space Weather part of our every day dialogue.

10. sirimedia 960x540 Full Ad Type ABCD

  • Published: 2013-07-08T16:14:09+00:00
  • Duration: 986
  • By K Media
sirimedia 960x540 Full Ad Type ABCD

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11. HM x Bloglovin'

  • Published: 2016-07-24T20:22:17+00:00
  • Duration: 39
  • By Kahlea Nicole
HM x Bloglovin'

I’ve been really loving prints for the Summer, but I’d yet to find one that I truly loved on myself. When I came across this outfit at HM it was an easy winner! I loved that the pattern of the chiffon top is lighter than that of the jacquard-weave skirt. It makes for a unique contrast of shade as well as material. Read more about the contest and this look on

12. Kiews Donbass-Gesetz rechtfertigt erneuten Krieg [Medienkommentar] | 13. Februar 2018 |

  • Published: 2018-02-13T19:53:29+00:00
  • Duration: 305
  • By KlagemauerTV
Kiews Donbass-Gesetz rechtfertigt erneuten Krieg [Medienkommentar] | 13. Februar 2018 | Für die selbsternannten Volksrepubliken Donezk und Lugansk im Osten der Ukraine, gilt laut dem Minsker Abkommen eine Waffenruhe. Dennoch kommt es aufgrund von illegalen militärischen Angriffen der ukrainischen Armee nahezu täglich zu Verletzten und Toten in diesen Gebieten, besonders unter der Zivilbevölkerung. Im Januar 2018 hat das nach dem gewaltsamen Maidan-Putsch 2014 neu gebildete Parlament in Kiew ein neues Gesetz verabschiedet, welches heuchlerisch als „Re-Integrationsgesetz“ bezeichnet wird. Das Gesetz dürfte für das stark bedrängte Ostgebiet weitere schwerwiegende Folgen haben. Denn Kiew verhängt durch dieses von Präsident Petro Poroschenko eingebrachte Gesetz faktisch das Kriegsrecht über die in seinen Augen abtrünnigen Ostregionen. In der Präambel des Gesetzes wird Russland als „Aggressor-Staat“ bezeichnet und ihm die „Okkupation“, d.h. die Besetzung des Donbass vorgeworfen. Wider jedes bessere Wissen und entgegen den völlig anders lautenden Berichten der „Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit in Europa“, kurz „OSZE“, wurden diese Falschaussagen sogar noch gesetzlich verankert. Wer immer dies heute kritisiert, wird von Politik und Medien sofort als Agent des Kremls abgestempelt. Pawel Lissjanksi von der ostukrainischen Menschenrechtsorganisation nimmt trotzdem kein Blatt vor den Mund. „Es geht nicht um Re-Integration, sondern um die Ausweitung der Vollmachten der (ukrainischen) Sicherheitskräfte.“ Besonders beunruhigend sind aktuelle Fotos und Video-Aufnahmen, die uns aus der Ukraine zugesandt wurden. Diese dokumentieren gegenwärtig große Truppenverschiebungen der ukrainischen Armee in Richtung der Volksrepubliken Donezk und Lugansk, die für die nahe Zukunft Bedrohliches erahnen lassen. Offensichtlich sollen mit dem Einsatz von brachialer Gewalt endgültig (in Anführungszeichen) „klare Verhältnisse“ in der Ostukraine geschaffen werden. Eine Abordnung von Militärs der USA und anderer NATO-Länder hat sich bereits Ende November 2017 mit Befehlshabern des rechtsradikalen ukrainischen Asow-Bataillons zur Lagebesprechung getroffen, wie „Asow“ selbst stolz auf seiner Website verkündete und mit entsprechenden Bildern belegte. Das ultra-nationalistische Bataillon gehört nicht zu den regulären ukrainischen Streitkräften, sondern rekrutiert sich aus Rechtsradikalen zahlreicher europäischer Länder. Rund 600 Mitglieder der sogenannten Nationalen Brigade, die aus dem Asow-Bataillon hervorgegangen ist, marschierten Ende Januar 2018 durch Kiew und kündigten offen an, die „ukrainische Ordnung“ notfalls mit Gewalt durchzusetzen. In den Volksrepubliken Donezk und Lugansk wurde die Verabschiedung des neuen Gesetzes als Beleg dafür gewertet, dass die Zeichen inzwischen wieder deutlich auf Krieg stehen. Kiew habe seiner „Soldateska“, das meint seiner Armee, alle Fesseln abgenommen, sagte der Präsident der Donezker Volksrepublik, Alexander Sachar­tschenko. Die Minsker Vereinbarungen von 2015 seien hiermit gegenstandslos geworden. Auch der russische Außenminister Sergei Lawrow redete Klartext, als er seine kurze Einschätzung zum neuen Kiewer „Donbass Re-Integrationsgesetz“ äußerte. Von der „Kiewer Kriegspartei“, so Lawrow, werde per Gesetz das Minsker Abkommen begraben und eine militärische Lösung des innerukrainischen Konfliktes schön geredet. Es bleibt weiterhin zu beobachten und exakt zu dokumentieren, wer die wahren Aggressoren und Besetzer in der Ukraine sind, ob als bösartige Fädenzieher im Hintergrund oder als praktische Handlanger für die sogenannten „Drecksarbeiten“. Wenn die Kriegstreiber klar ins Licht der Öffentlichkeit gestellt werden und ihr Spiel durchschaut wird, dann können sie auch nicht weiter ungestraft von der Öffentlichkeit ihre Grausamkeiten durchziehen! von: hm. Quellen/Links: - - - - - - - - Augenzeugenbericht aus der Ukraine

13. Ibanez Xiphos XPT707

Ibanez Xiphos XPT707

I got me a new guitar, so I thought I'd throw a quick video together because I'm enjoying playing the hell out of it! It won't be the best playing, but it gets the idea across I'm doing Bloodbath's Trail Of Insects, then a section from my last band's (End Of Eternity) track Purity. After that, the solo from on of my current band's tracks, and then Immortal's Against The Tide The guitar has D-Activators in (as stock), then goes into an Engl Invader 150, with an Engl Standard 4x12 producing the oomph. I use a Behringer HM300 (a Boss HM-2 clone until I get an actual Boss HM-2) for the Bloodbath bit. As noted, the playing isn't spot on, I was just having fun and wanted to share :D

14. I choose | MindGourmet

  • Published: 2018-04-04T04:33:46+00:00
  • Duration: 104
  • By MindGourmet
I choose | MindGourmet

Welcome to MindGourmet’s Happitizers, bite-sized inspiration for you to taste and enjoy on the fly :-) Today’s episode: „I Choose“ I came across this little tool in a yoga class I attended recently where our teacher made us choose different facets of poses. At the end of class she suggested to us to say or think „I choose“ before every decision we make throughout our day, be it big or very small. I can say, the rest of my day was different from how it had started and I was surprised to see how many unconscious choices I make in my life. I choose to eat that granola bar. Really? I choose to stress about about x,y,z. Hm, no actually I don’t want to choose that. I choose to give myself five minutes just for myself. That actually feels good! Try it! Maybe it’s as revealing for you as it has been for me. I’d love to hear back from you. Please let me know about your experiences with „I choose“ by leaving a comment to this video! Nina

15. Overall context of the terrorist attacks in Paris – interview with Ken Jebsen | 14. Dezember 2015 |

  • Published: 2016-01-14T19:21:50+00:00
  • Duration: 1829
  • By KlagemauerTV
Overall context of the terrorist attacks in Paris – interview with Ken Jebsen | 14. Dezember 2015 | The well-known freelance journalist and presenter Ken Jebsen analyzes the terrorist attacks in Paris from a special point of view. He’s not particularly focusing on the details, but on the historical road-map, the overall context and essential basic principles of the global power strategy. This core theme helps to understand past, current and future events of this type, to evaluate soberly - and most importantly – to take resolute action. Ken Jebsen’s Report: I thought for a long time – after the attacks in Paris – if I should say anything at all - and what I could say. If I should write an article. An analysis… who spoke out first… it was the American President, who first said: we will punish the offenders – it wasn’t the French President. So, a man from another continent, the President of another country said immediately after the attacks: “We will bring these terrorists to justice ... we will go after them”. Well – yes, so since this happened… We were just in the studio while it happened recording 'Me, Myself and Media' – when the news came through, we couldn’t respond to it immediately. And – yes, the past few days we were actually constantly busy with it. And then I always have sort of sleepless nights, because I really ask myself: How can I manage to not only impart a picture that just shows a magnified part of what happened in Paris? The newscasts are actually doing this better - with the photos of what happened, where, who has blown up what, how many dead and so on. But… I don’t want a quick conclusion drawing either about how we will catch the offenders, where the clues lead – but, my interest is, to reveal an overall “big picture” - from a wide angle perspective, which will consistently apply for the next 25 years. Or, what you might recognize again. And this is not so easy - to get a clear idea of what direction you want to come from with this. That’s why I’m trying to find the right words: I know, there are a lot of people, who will have great difficulties when I say this now - with what I describe as truth or… what I have realized, yes… already a long time ago. But what I will express here, not everyone will like it. It’s a little bit like going to the doctor and he’s saying: „You have cancer! Lung cancer – and ehm, it’s too late! You have another six months. “No one wants to hear that. You would say: „Why – I only smoked a little… I have never smoked… that’s impossible… and so on. Take a second look…“ And then he says: „That’s how it is!“ It’s a truth you don’t want to live with. You even get angry with the doctor and you say: „He’s a liar“ and then you go to see another doctor. And he does the same thing and so on… Such a reflex could indeed be triggered here. In this case it’s also a matter of cancer, a cancer diagnosis: economic cancer I’d say or: cancer of our system. But I believe we have a chance, yes! We really have a chance, when we deal with the reality – and not with the media reality but with the true reality, with what is really true. And I’ll try to get to the heart of it. I believe, with the attacks in Paris there were several departments with popping champagne corks – wow – there’s a party mood! They are really pleased, they think: 'Things went really well!' These people live off of setting large masses against each other, they live off of making sure that nations have an image of an enemy… all of them – no matter where you go, systems – no matter which one you take. And if you are able to build a stable image of an enemy and show again and again that this image is real, then they follow you. And for them Paris is a great thing, I’d say. Yes, because 130 dead, that is really a lot of people, but compared to a war in Iraq where one million people lost their lives, this is a price easy to deal with for the elites. The main thing is, people should have this image of the enemy. And now you have to imagine: What happened right after Paris? Only hours later, the French government declared war on the IS - the Islamic State - sent fighter-jets to Syria and bombed a city. That wasn’t the first time, they already did that before. Yes, before this they had flown 1.200 operations with 450 targets. We just didn’t notice this. So what the IS did now (they confessed guilt) in Paris was a reaction and not an action. That means, Paris is behaving as if they have been attacked but the truth is, that Paris partici-pated in the Syrian war and not only there – Paris had also bombed Libya at that time and produced 40.000 dead. Well then: France did that… together (Germany is on the side of France of course) so, they reacted, in fact as it is expected from a ‚Grand ... von: hm. Quellen/Links: -

16. Wanted to do to me what I'd done to Mariusz Rakoczy? Hm...

Wanted to do to me what I'd done to Mariusz Rakoczy? Hm...

26th March, 2017 Do something with yourself, Mr. Cichocki, you are not well. AJR

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  • Published: 2013-03-29T22:31:13+00:00
  • Duration: 110
  • By Serbé San
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